We had a nice Thanksgiving yesterday with family; the weather, company, food, and drinks were all great. We hope you did as well!
Some of you reading this blog might be wondering, "What is Dave thinking about all of this?" First, I love Kate and am completely committed to her, no matter where this trial leads. Second, I know that God loves my wife (and my children) even more than I do. Third, I know that God is providential and allows suffering for His greater purposes. Fourth, I know that He will not give us beyond what we can bear. Fifth, I know that God want us to trust Him throughout this trial and with the ultimate outcome. Sixth, I know that He doesn't want us to worry about tomorrow because today has enough trouble of its own. Seventh, I know that God will supply all of our needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Finally, I believe that God has numbered Kate's days (and mine) and He ultimately determines when she is to be called home (not the median statistic).
I was reading a devotional this morning and wanted to share it with you:
"We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28
Life is hard. We face pain every day. But, God can bring something good out of even the worst situation. However, it may not be the kind of good we're looking for. Our goal is happiness. His goal is to build a strong character and firm godly faith in us. Those things don't usually come from happiness but from the gold that's been refined in the furnace of pain. It may take a long time to see the good, but it will eventually come.
Finally, I wanted to share the story of our garage door woes. Last November we purchased a new garage door opener and had it installed by Lowe's. About 1 -2 months later the garage door buckled when it was closing. There was a little damage to the door but I was able to fix it. This same scenario happened 2-3 more times over the course of the past year. Unfortunately, now the garage door is very damaged and could accidentally fall off the tracks and damage our vehicles.
We contacted Lowe's and the garage door opener manufacturer. The garage door opener manufacturer sent out an inspector and he said that it was an installation problem. Lowe's sent out their installer and he said that it was installed properly and buckled due to lack of maintenance. So, both companies are denying any wrong doing in the matter (big surprise).
Regardless of who was at fault, the bottomline is that we need a new garage door!
After some negotiation with Lowe's this afternoon, they agreed to sell us a garage door at cost (installation extra). The cost is going to be around $600-650 just for the door.
Wondering how I was going to pay for this, today when I returned from Lowe' s and opened the mail there was a check from the State of Missouri for almost $650 and the check stub said that the money was from "abandoned assets". I was not aware of any abandoned assets. Sitting here puzzled and amazed I was reminded that God owns the cattle on a thousand hills (even the government's!) and sometimes he sells them and sends us the money.
Praise God for his many blessings!