The past couple weeks brought unwelcome news into my little world. I took my car into the garage and told the mechanic how it was acting; he checked it out, and told me all indications are the car needs a rebuilt transmission. My heart sank; even though I was thinking the transmission might be the problem, I hoped I was wrong. We do not have public transportation in this area, so having a reliable way to get from Point A to Point B is a definite need. I asked friends and a prayer group to pray for my transportation needs.
Things are rather bleak on the job front, too. Despite sending applications out and going on some interviews, I don’t have a job—yet.
While thinking about all this, I heard the Lord say, “Praise Me in the bitter and the sweet.”
When I practice this, my circumstances don’t overwhelm my life. They are still there, but praising God means I’m giving attention to Him, lifting Him up and downplaying my circumstances, whether bad or good. I’m not sunk by despair nor puffed up by pride. Praising God—putting my eyes on Him—allows me to live on a more even keel.
“Praise Me in the bitter and the sweet.”
Some Scriptures: Acts 16:22-27; I Thessalonians 5:18
Update: I had the car towed to a transmission shop; it does not need a rebuilt transmission. Instead, diagnostic equipment showed a cylinder misfiring badly. The shop suggested a nearby auto repair service; that place found the car needs the valve cover gasket and spark plugs replaced. What a relief! What could have been a $2,000+repair melted into a $295 repair! Thank God!
- God can squash mountains into molehills.
- Things are not always what they first seem!
Scripture: Ephesians 3:20