Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
March 29 Scripture Selection: Acts 27:1-12
Food for Thought: Acts 27:9, 10
When will people learn that a Spirit-filled person is worth more than many experts of the world when facing a tough situation?! Many times God leads us to do things that are totally contrary to what seems to be the reasonable or right thing to do, but turns out to be precisely what was needed.
This passage triggered many memories and testimonies of times when God led us in ways that delivered us out of some situations that could have turned out badly. I’m wondering how many readers can also share of how one person received “inside information” from the Spirit that would have been contrary to what the “experts” might have recommended. Maybe it was something as simple as not accepting a job that everyone would have said you’d be crazy not to take, or accepting a job that everyone shook their heads in dismay about, but turned out to be quite successful. Or perhaps it was something earth-shattering or life-saving. I’m anxious to hear your accounts of the beneficial intervention and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):
It’s strange to me because my life has been much like Paul’s journey. The Wind has blown me from place to place, from situation to situation. Often the Lord has rescued me from foolish positions I’ve placed myself in. It has taken me a lifetime to learn my path isn’t for me to choose. It is, indeed, hard to kick against the pricks. Some people seem to be able to lay out a general course and keep to that course. I have not been one of those, try as I might.
As I, from time to time, take stock in where I’m at, and what my future may bring, I simply don’t know. I don’t know how I got here, or why. Heck, I still can’t figure out why I’m even alive at this point.
One of my memorable events came a few years back when I was working as tech support for a software company. As was habit for me, after work I’d take the back-way home from work and imbibe in a few calming cans of liquid bread. The most typical path took me just a few miles south of the home we had, where our brother John now lives. As I would typically go to the bridge over the island, I would go east for a bit and then north for a bit and then east and then north until I came to the road which would take me onto and then off of the island. (Yes, there is an island in Kansas!!!) As typical for Kansas, we had a rather destructive tornado touching down. My radio warns me that I’m in the path of the tornado. The wind and the rain increase to rock the little truck I was driving, and my vision was limited to just a few yards. I called my bother John to see if he had any notion as to where, specifically, the twister was, in that I couldn’t see it. At that moment, I found myself in a most peaceful and serene environment. It was bright, and calm. I could still not see beyond a few yards, perhaps 20 all around. And, then, it lifted, the rain and wind picked back up, but, not to the violence it was.
I decided to go to John’s for a bit and wait the rest of it out before journeying on home. I didn’t manage to get scared until after the events occurred. But, those type of events are not rare for me. I remember being alone and falling through some ice on a creek as a youth. I don’t know how I got out of that jam. I just found myself wet and on the banks of the creek. I remember being in some improbable situations in Alaska to where I don’t know how or why I survived. I just did. There are many other events and situations I could relate in which I probably should not have survived. I would love to say it was because of my calm in the face of danger and my wonderful cat like reactions and ability to know the proper things to do at the exact right time, but, I’m usually too dense to recognize the danger until it is upon me and I possess no super-human abilities.
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Thank you. This brings to mind a time many years ago when I lost
my job thru no fault of my own. There were people who knew of jobs
I could apply for and I did. Two of the jobs I was promised, but they fell
by the wayside. One of these I had be on the OPM list.
At this the Pastor and would go door to door with tracts and share the Gospel.
Some of these people would ask me what I did for a living,and I had to
say I was not employed at the time. They would ask, “if the Lord was so
good why was I not working?”
During this time I had a lot of time to study the Word and dig deeply
into it. One day as I was reading how God would provide, I got on my
knees and said, Lord, I know you will take of all things,but when people
ask about my work what do I say? Lord I trust you but they think you
can’t provide. While these words were still in my mouth I could hear
the phone ringing.My Wife called to me saying, there is man on the
who wants to know if you want a job. Turns out he seen my name
on the OPM list and called me. In one week I was working. BTW
I was able to retire about twelve sooner.
Thanks for the testimonies, guys! God is always good, even when we can’t figure it all out!