Considering the serious and dangerous nature of world conditions and those in our own country, I’ve been thinking about Bible prophecy lately.
Therefore I began to once again read the book of Daniel in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible. I first began studying this glorious book over fifty (yes, 50) years ago. I was expecting our second child and determined to name him Daniel, if a boy baby was on the way. When he arrived we gave him the name Daniel as his middle name. Our son has brought honor to that name, I might add.
Many years later I was given the opportunity to teach the book of Daniel to a women’s Bible class at our church and was very excited and challenged by the opportunity. The summer before the class was to begin I spent fully three months of almost constant study preparing an eleven week series, with daily homework, which at the time was a popular format. I don’t recall ever working as hard as that before in my entire life, and I include the challenge of raising three children very close in age to one another.
A large class quickly formed and the day finally arrived to begin. The ladies were faithful in attendance week after week, eager to learn, and an all-around joy to teach. It continued for eight weeks when by orders from the church staff it was abruptly stopped by a situation caused by one man at the church.
It was a shocking and very disappointing event. Further, I was not allowed to ask questions nor given an explanation.
The phrase and title of this blog, “The Lord Works in Mysterious Ways” is not found in the Bible, but holds truth, nevertheless. I firmly believe in the sovereignty of God and that He works all things according to His own will, not mine. For a reason we may never know, the Lord wanted my husband and I to move on.
Ephesians 1:11 has sustained me in many difficult times throughout my life, and this was another opportunity to believe God’s Word.
“In Him we were also chosen having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will.”
My intention and motivation in writing this blog is to encourage you in difficult times. Trust Him. He has a plan; a far better one than you or I can imagine. And regardless of our plans, His plans will prevail.
‘Til He Shouts!
I love your message. With the quick tears that came as I read, I was also reassured of God’s sovereignty. So often in the past, David has been the one to remind me of this reality. The two of you together have helped me to grow in the knowledge of our Lord more than you can know over the years, and I just praise God for the privilege of knowing you two. You’re such a blessing. God bless you both!
Thank you, Becky. It was a difficult time and I still feel sad when I think of it. David’s new ministry (for about 4 years now) is very fulfilling for him and that makes me happy.
Makes me happy too! You will always be God’s messengers, spreading the Gospel and teaching the Word where He wants you. We love you!!
Becky, I guess He wants me to be an artist. By the way, this blog has had a LOT of readers, much more than usual. Interesting.
Such an important message and one I needed to hear today. Thank you for sharing!
Your comment makes me happy, Emily.
Well said. Praise God that he is in control.
I love you
Very insightful as to God’s sustaining grace. Thanks for sharing this Adele.
God’s blessings to you & David.