Could Your Frustrations Be His Plans in Process?
Have you ever had an event or series of events that were so frustrating that you wanted to pull your hair out by the roots? Of course you have. At the end when the circumstance was resolved have you seen the hand of God in the process or result?
As I write this our annual CKI Families Are Forever conference has just been completed and the time seemed to fly by with all the activities of planning, coordinating and executing the conference. Because we usually print a lot of materials to prepare for the conference we needed to have the copier serviced to insure the best quality printing it could provide. The copier had come off of lease some months ago and had not been serviced in quite some time.
Since I was determined to use a different company for service than the one with which I had the lease, I embarked on a very frustrating search for what seemed a simple task – to find a servicing company to come out to diagnose and correct the print quality. Days of searching and talking to people on the phone had caused my frustration meter to peg up to about its limit. I had many offers of service contracts to be locked in for some period of time (usually twelve to thirty-six months) before they would even discuss a single service call.
Finally, I resorted to placing a notice on a web site where supposedly you would have three to four bids for your job within twenty-four hours. I was a bit skeptical about the whole process. Right at the end of the twenty-four hour period I was contacted. A service call cost was quoted and an appointment set. Now for the big test. Would the service tech show up? You can imagine my delight (and a little surprise) that at the appointed day and hour the service tech was at the door. He very professionally diagnosed the issue and took care of it.
While he was working we discussed CKI being a ministry and we described what the ministry does in supporting the stands of covenant keepers around the world. As he was wrapping everything up he expressed a hesitant sigh and said, “I’m going through a divorce right now that I do not want.” His comment shouldn’t have surprised me. How many times have I seen the truth of Isaiah 55:8, “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” (New Living Translation) I prayed, “Oh Lord, forgive me my frustration with the whole copier situation when You were orchestrating events to connect us to someone who needs the CKI ministry.” Of course we promptly invited him to the conference.
How often does a time of difficulty or frustration lead to a positive event in your life? I have a term for events such as what just happened. For me, they are “God-Directed Moments.” I have learned not to question whenever they occur. Instead I just say “Thank you, God,” and try to do what He wants in the situation.
No matter where you are in your journey of standing on your covenant marriage vows and working toward restoration, be assured that our Lord is working on your behalf.