God is AWESOME!

28 May

Someone once said: I can’t brag about my love for God because I fail Him daily, but I can brag about His love for me because it never fails.

How true that is! It humbles me to see God’s hand on, in, and around my life. This is not to say that I’m walking around on a bed of roses and everything goes right for me or that I never “mess up” and have to learn obedience through consequences and hard trials. Quite the contrary!

But despite what a wretch I can be, oftentimes I feel God’s special loving kindness demonstrated in a wonderful way.

Just about two weeks ago, I saw God’s hand of protection. I was in a very bad bicycle accident. It was three days before I needed to fly out to Chicago to help with the Peruvian delegation. I was devastated that of all times this had to happen; and my body was suffering immensely because of it. The brunt of my injuries were on my face specifically the left side. I looked awful. My legs were bashed up. I was in intense pain and my face immediately swelled. I looked like I had been hit by a car or something. I was panic-stricken. I didn’t know how I was going to recuperate and semi-heal before I needed to board a plane and leave. I immediately wanted to say “Why God? You know I’ve been looking forward to seeing all my friends and helping with the delegation and now I have to show up like this! Why would you allow this to happen now? Is it just to humble me?” Then I had the thought of Job. Here was a man who was perfect before God and God allowed him through suffer through intense heart-wrenching hardships. And to add to it all, his body was completely covered with boils! I’m sure he looked grotesque! Yet, he never cursed God. And here I was with just a little mishap. Could I give thanks?

*In a period of seconds, I went from this to this…….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I rested and medicated my body over the next couple of days, I saw God’s goodness. I was able to get free x-rays and was relieved to know that nothing was broken. Also, even though I suffered major road rash under my left eye – my eye was not affected. As the days went by, my legs turned an awful black and blue but I was able to walk without pain. There was a lot to be thankful for! Even though it is nearly 20 days after the accident and I’m still black and blue with a large red spot on my face (haha!), I see the Lord protected me and allowed a very quick recovery for me to be able to join whole-heartedly in the work at IBLP.

Another instance of God’s love being seen was the evening and day after I returned from Chicago. I was overcome with a severe emotional let down and struggle. I knew my mind and heart were spiraling downward but I just couldn’t put all my hope in the Lord because of my lack of faith. That afternoon, the Lord sent me a HUGE blessing – something I had been desiring and hoping for. I knew down deep in my soul that it was just His way of letting me know I wasn’t forgotten and He loved me. I felt like breakin’ out into a Hallelujah jig! 🙂

For a certainty, family members and friends have blessed my life by their words, thoughtful acts of kindness, and generosity. That’s God’s love being manifested! It can be the ‘darkest of days’ and a friend will send a sweet ‘thinking of you’ text. I know it’s the Lord speaking through them. I can be worrying about a bill being paid but then a relative sends a check and I know it’s the Lord letting me know He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. I can be at my wits end trying to keep 5 kids happy and content but then I get an extra portion of grace. I know it’s God confirming that all things are possible through Him. There are so many instances that His goodness is seen.

I’m sure you can recall time and time again when the Lord has blessed you that it’s just about knocked your socks off! I’d love to hear about it! I just felt the urge in wanting to say “THANK YOU JESUS” because He is good all the time!

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6 Responses to “God is AWESOME!”

  1. cypress1848 May 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    Wow! What a beautuful testimony!! Yes, u sure did get banged up !! but u overcame it and struggled on! With out the though of God not helping me, I would be in bad shape.
    On another topic, what kind of bicycle was it? Swimming and cycling are very good exersise. You are a beautiful person.
    In my world, Our screenplay is going slow but some progress is being made. God answers prayers!!!

  2. April May 28, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    Wow, I am so thankful that you are ok, I wish I could have been praying for you sooner, but I will be praying that you continue to heal well. lots of love to you,
    April Olivia

  3. laura May 29, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    So thankful God is showing His love to you in unmistakable ways. It can be so difficult to go through those dark times but so sweet when God reminds you that He sees and knows and LOVES you.

  4. Elise May 29, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    Oh, dear Sara…what a story! May you heal outwardly and inwardly. Your testimony is always encouraging, thank you!

  5. Crystal May 30, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing Sara! Such an encouragement, and reminder for me~ It is so true! God bless you ❤

  6. Rebecca May 31, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    Awe….I’m so sorry that happened to you. But I’m so glad that God displayed His goodness to you, as well! He is such a loving Heavenly Father!

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