LENT DAY 28
Falling Short By Pastor Dave Poole
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
It was 2006 and I had just asked Becky to marry me and knew that we were going to have to buy a house and fund a wedding, so I packed up some work clothes, fueled up my 1987 F150 pickup, and hit the road with a picture of Becky on top of my duffel bag. I had “heard” that there was lots of money to be made in northern Alberta, so I figured I would just show up and they would want to hire me. What could possibly go wrong with that plan? It was late evening when I arrived in Grande Prairie, Alberta, so I decided to just spend the night in my truck and hit the pavement in the morning. Believe it or not there weren’t any signs that said “Dave! Go here to get a job in the oil and gas industry.” I spent the whole day just driving around, wasting gas. Night fell again, and again I found myself sleeping in my truck: just me, my pride, and my picture of Becky. It didn’t take long for doubt and reality to sink in. “What was I thinking?’, “Did I seriously think I could just drive around and find a drilling rig to start working on?”
Like many times before in my life, I found myself humbled and realizing that yet again I had tried to do life on my own. In that moment, I prayed that God would light my path, and give me wisdom in what I was supposed to do. I felt it was important to finish what I had set out to do. It wasn’t easy, it took me three long weeks of sleeping in my truck with just a sleeping bag in -30 degree Celsius weather to finally find a job. I can actually remember waking up in the mornings and having to scrape the ice off of the inside of my truck in order to see out of it.
Looking back, I wouldn’t trade those three weeks for anything. I got to spend a lot of time talking with God and seeking His wisdom and strength during that challenging season. Like a lot of challenging times, I was able to see His hand on my life, and see His compassion and love for me. He sent His son Jesus for us, and why? Because He loves us and wants to restore our relationship with Him. It only makes sense that since He loves us and sent His Son for us that He would also have a plan for our lives.
Can you think of a tough season that, now when you look back, you can see God orchestrating His love and will for your life?
I heard a good quote the other day that said, “God allows in His wisdom, what He could prevent in His power.”
What are some things that God has allowed you to go through so you would grow through?