1 Corinthians 10:13 (MSG)
No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.
Thirteen years ago my family and I moved to Walker County in a little community called Curry. If someone would have told me that someday I would have no chaos in my life then I would have thought they were crazy. After all, chaos was my middle name. Clutter, company and teenage chatter boxes was a common thing in my home. Every room was filled with laughter and my life was complete.
However, God created the seasons to come and go, and in 2006 my season of life began to change. My two oldest daughters married and my baby started college to follow her dream. As darkness falls in the evening time, silence began to enter my empty home and I found myself lonely. How could this be I thought? I am not a selfish person. I was truly excited for all of my children. I had gained two sons and I love all my children very much. I started in for the long haul of what I called life. My two best friends were my T.V. and my sofa! I still adore those, but at that time I was beginning to struggle and I did not understand why.
I love the part of 1 Corinthians 10:13 that states God will never let you down. This is my story. It happened to me, out of the blue, without asking, an unexpected blessing rode right into my families heart. Yes, she rode into the center of my life.
She was spotted riding an old worn out bicycle by my oldest daughter. The newlyweds rented a house on that very street. Every evening the little girl would ride her bicycle up and down, back and forth. My children took the leading of the Lord and bought her a brand new girlie bike. That is where our love story began. That is the day my loneliness started to fade.
My adopted daughter lives in a group home and is small in size. She has dark brown hair, hazel eyes and wears pink butterfly glasses. She is the ripe old age of anywhere between 7 and 97 depending on the mood of the day! She is a bright light in a dark world and loves Jesus with her entire soul, and no one can amen the pastor like this precious child. The only thing that fires this little one up is missing church, and let me just share…when it happens…look out…it’s "on like a chicken bone"!!!
A few months ago one of her roommates was not feeling well, and that meant she was not getting dropped off at church. I was already at church scurrying around, doing my duties when I stopped by the church office and found I had missed twenty calls! Yes, twenty missed calls on my cell phone. I returned her call telling her that I was very sorry but I was walking into the classroom to help teach Sunday School. Amazingly, nothing was said except “I sorry!” WOW, I thought, she took that well! A few minutes passed and my phone rang again. This time it was my father. “Sister,” he said, “Yes sir,” I replied. “Our baby has called Gran and told her ‘YOU KIDS’ would not come get her! Please get in my car and go!!!! AND I DID!!!
This was not my first clue that my adopted child is smarter than your average bear! She does not miss a thing; she so is smart and sneaky! Who else would call the head of the family to get me in trouble? LOL! Miss Priss is a mess but she is our mess and words can’t explain the joy she has brought to our lives.
You know, Jesus sees our hurts and loneliness even if we are not aware that they are forming.
Sometimes unexpected blessings are huge, and sometimes they are tiny; the key is to look for them. A longtime ago my Mother taught me that praise changes things, and complaining establishes it! Look for the hidden treasures in your life, God will always be there to help you. Praise it through! HE will never let you down!
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Pamela Britt Malone (Instagram – PammieMalone)