Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.
One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.
God is so good. I want to share with you my family and friends a few blessings that God has bestowed upon me this last week.
I recently purchased a vehicle that was wholesale. This means that the car came as is including a broken windshield (that's Alaska for you), a missing wiper blade, and 2 bald tires. I don't think I really noticed how bald the tires were until a recent rainy day when I had to travel into the city (Anchorage). My car seemed to hydroplane every time I hit a puddle or fall into the grooves of the road where water builds up. If you know me at all, you know how scared I was. God got me to and from Anchorage safely and I began to think of ways of how I could get my tire issue fixed. I decided what I would do, to save money - b/c I don't have any, was that I was going to put my spare tire on - replacing the really bad tire I had. I, not being incredibly knowledgable about vehicles, didn't think much of the tires when purchasing the car. I just felt that God was telling me this was the one.
Anyway, the blessing comes this past Tuesday when I received a text message from some amazing people in my life who offered to purchase me new tires. It was a text that came out of left field and left me incredibly emotional. I was flabbergasted at the thought of someone wanting to do such a huge thing (for me that is huge) and as much as I wanted to say no, I let the Lord work in me through someone else. God was using this situation to bless others for blessing me. Praise God over and over again.
The next blessing came on Thursday when a conversation earlier in the week had taken place that I said something I didn't even know I had said. You see, my sweet, precious, amazing, and wonderful dog, Kody had gotten injured. I don't know how he got hurt but he began limping not using his front left leg. It was so bad that he quit eating and just getting him to go to the bathroom was a chore. God so graciously put it on someones heart to offer to let me take Kody to the vet to be seen and treated. What an amazing blessing. Come to find out, Kody has a soft tissue tear in his front left leg that required medicine to help him recuperate. This news and medicine would not have been possible if God had not blessed someone else by blessing me.
I say all of this to say that despite our struggles and our circumstances - the storms or valleys in which we find ourselves, staying steadfast in our faith and walk with God is crucial. God is here and wants to bless each of us. So I refer back to the verses from above...
For in the day of trouble, he will keep me safe in his dwelling...
This isn't to say that life has been a piece of cake. It hasn't. I still struggle, but God has sent me friendly reminders that no matter what, He is with me through this storm. It is much like the poem, Footprints. When I only saw the one set of footprints in the sand it was when He was carrying me.
There are still only those single set of prints... I thank God that no matter what, I know He loves me, He has His best interest in mind, and that ALL THINGS work together for HIS GLORY, not mine! Praise God! Praise God! Praise God!!! It is He I seek! It is He I live for! It is He that gets the glory!
Thank you, Lord, for the people and blessings you have given me since coming to Alaska. May you bless them abundantly for their service to you!
May you seek the Lord with all your heart today and always!