Our friend Ruth told us a story a while back. It went something like this:
THAT IS BAD. THAT IS GOOD.
Once upon a time, a long time ago, there lived an old man. He had only one son who was very dear to him. Together they lived and worked a little family farm and made just enough money to get by.
One day, while working, the son fell and broke his leg.
The townspeople gathered together. "Oh that is bad!" they exclaimed. And they shook their heads at the man's misfortune.
A week later all the young men of the nearby countryside were called to battle, but the son was exempt from duty because of his broken leg.
"Oh, that is good!" the townspeople agreed together.
Later on that very week the man's horse ran away. "Oh dear, that is bad!" the townspeople cried out in sympathy. For the old man man had only one horse and without it he was surely ruined.
Surprisingly, in just a few days, the man's horse returned accompanied by a large group of stray horses.
"Oh, that is good!" the townspeople chorused together rejoicing in this very unexpected turn. For now the old man was far better off than before.
FOR OUR GOOD
Often it is hard to see what the Lord has in store for us.
Each of our lives have been seasoned with the "bad" that has ultimately worked for our greater good as we have walked with Him.
This past week Tom's company laid off several employees and reduced his pay somewhat significantly.
I know what you're thinking. "That is bad!" And, to be honest, that thought has run through my head as well. It was a surprising turn.
But, as we consider the many times the Lord has proven Himself as our true Provider, our hearts return to a place of perfect peace.
"We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." ~Romans 8:28
"The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing." ~Psalm 34:10
'Coincidentally' our family just finished reading the book of Esther together and the day after Tom's pay cut we began the book of Job.
"That is good!"
"In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly." ~Job 1:22
God's blessing as you lead little hearts home!
We are sure there are other families out there affected by changes in the slower economic times. If you would like our family to join with you in prayer, please send us an e-mail by following the link through my profile page or using firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be glad to join with you.