I’m making my first “road trip” in my little RV/Van. I tried to start out about three weeks ago, but God had different plans for me. About 30 miles south of my home the transmission broke and I had to get it hauled back home for repair. I chalked the delay up to the Lord wanting me to stay in town longer. And He did, the delay gave me the opportunity to minister to my neighbor when her husband passed away the next day.
After paying a large transmission repair bill I got back on the road. This time I made it to Zephyrhills, FL to see some friends and hand out Bible tracts and talk with people about the Lord. It was a blessing to do this as I met many people who to me appeared to be sad and concerned. Also, while there I had someone call the Sheriff on me as I unexpectedly had ventured onto private property; my good friend smashed his finger and needed stitches; and I saw a private airplane that had crashed minutes after I saw it at the local airport while leaving Zephyrhills. I drove to Tallahassee that evening and my transmission again began slipping and needs to be repaired. I’ve been praying about it and will have it looked at Monday morning.
I reflected on these misfortunes (time delay, large expenses, physically hurt friend, a crushed airplane and injured passengers, another mechanical break-down) and wondered if the Lord was telling me I’m not cut out for this type of work for Him (that as I later learned appears to be the devil whispering in my ear). Thank God for His Word (the Bible) and other brothers and sisters in Christ I talked with during this time. They reminded me when someone starts letting the Lord use them to further His Kingdom (share His “good news” of the opportunity for salvation, i.e. the Gospel), He may allow Satan to cause hardships to that person to further develop them for His best use and to conform them more to the likeness (“image”) of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. By this I mean, he is teaching me to trust and rely on Him through prayer and in faith (Hebrews 11:1, 11:6). He wants to deepen our relationship by making Himself more known to me in this work – praise the Lord (Hallelujah)! I am also learning to be as “shrewd as serpents,” I think I’m fairly good at being as “innocent as doves,” but I’m sure He will help me improve in this area also (Matthew 10:16). Indeed, God does work all things for good to those who love Him (Romans 8:28).
So, He is giving me more time to share His love and “good news” in Tallahassee now. And it has been another blessing as I’ve handed out many tracts and spoken with several people. The Lord is always good! It is so good to get to know Jesus better and serve Him.