I had something happen to me yesterday that may have been devastating to some, and it did knock me down for a few minutes, but I got up and got excited.
I am having a book signing this Friday December 10th at Eola Hills Winery Rickreall, Oregon from 6-9 p.m. I worked hard and got some outstanding performers and a dynamite guest speaker.
Things were going great until yesterday, when I got a call from my guest speaker, Laura Morett, who is a TV star from the 2009 Survivor TV series.
She informed me that her Sister-in-law Brandy had fallen ill and is on life support. She left today to be with her. I lost my main speaker for my event. Disaster? Wait!
What follows is an actual excerpt from the book I will be signing at this event called, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World.”
* Sorry about the double spacing. I posted it correctly but it is determined to be double spaced! Some about taking directly from the manuscript.
IF GOD BRINGS YOU TO IT, HE WILL BRING YOU THROUGH IT
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will
find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will
not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the
pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys
SOMETIMES GOD ALLOWS things to happen to us to let us
know He is there for us. I have known people who have had
things happen to them that caused them to turn to God for
help—for the first time in their lives.
September 11, 2001 changed many lives. Events of this proportion
seem to change lives every time. He uses situations to make
people stronger and to send them a message. These are the close
encounters that help us grow.
If the steps we take seem to come to a wall we can’t climb over,
we need to consider whether or not God might have another plan
in mind. We need to pray to Him and seek His will. That kind of
prayer will be answered faster if we ask for the wall to be moved!
We’ve all been through personal crises—health issues, loss of
a job, separation from a family member, the death of a dear friend,
or other things that have thrown us for a loss. At those times we
wondered if we’d make it through the situation. It was devastating
at the time.
God knows everything about us, and knows what will happen to
us even before we face hardship and fear. The most important thing
to understand is that God prepares us for this kind of hard times.
I told you about how close I came to committing suicide and
how I thought I had nowhere to turn. In reality, I had a source that
was there for me all the time. It just took me that frightful moment
to realize I could turn to God for help. God let me come to that
point. He brought me through it, and He will bring each one of us
through any pain and tragedy we face.
We need to stay close to God, and always rely on Him for
comfort. We can do this by reading the Bible each day and praying.
There is never a time I read the Bible without finding something
new that gives me peace and strength. The same verse in the Bible
can have a different impact depending on what I’m going through
at that time.
I have a friend who puts the date next to a verse that stands
out to her and notes what it means to her at the time. When she
looks back years later, she can recall the circumstances that made
that particular verse stand out to her.
God does allow sorrow, sadness and danger in our lives, but we
will be able to cope with it much better with the knowledge that
He is there for us when we need Him.
Second Corinthians 1:9 says: “In our hearts we felt the sentence
of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves
but on God, who raises the dead.”
Another version says that Paul thought it was good that they
thought they were doomed! How amazing to see that his faith let
Paul know that he and those traveling with him would be killed if
it weren’t that God was there to save them. Do we have that level
of trust? We should. The same God who saved Paul is the same
God that is with us today.
I would like to suggest a book for you to read. It is an amazing
book about a man who was declared legally dead for 90 minutes and
lived to have a huge impact on people’s lives. The book is 90 Minutes
in Heaven by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey. It was published in
2004 by Fleming H. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group,
Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Don Piper was in a horrible car accident and was pronounced
dead by the medics. He was stuck in his car for 90 minutes, and
the first part of the book is about what happened to him while he
was supposed to be dead.
A friend “just happened” to be going by the accident scene that
day and refused to agree with the medics that Don was dead. He
prayed over Don the whole time he was supposed to be dead. That
part of the book is amazing enough, but then when Don began to
recover, many wonderful things began to happen. It is a story of
lost hope, and how God brought him through the hard times and
made him a stronger person than he could have ever dreamed.
For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, “Do not fear; I will help you.”
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down,
your sleep will be sweet.
1. Spend time praying each day. This will help you know ahead
of time what God has for your future. Often through prayer
God sends a message for you to understand. We shouldn’t
wait for a crisis to start seeking God’s help.
2. If you know of someone who is troubled by a trial God is
allowing, be there for them and help them to know that He
will help them through it. Let them know they don’t have
to fear, because God is with them.
Something to Ponder
Isn’t it funny that the more we depend on God, the safer we are?