Wednesday, October 24, 2018

😎🐫🎤 Distractions and inconveniences. That’s what Satan uses to keep us from where we need to be. This past week Satan was working overtime in my life. Monday I started training someone to replace me in my current job position, which is a good thing.  But as you know, training someone properly takes time, which in the beginning will cause you to get behind on your work. Wednesday morning I woke up at 2:30 AM and wrestled with Satan the rest of the morning, until I got up at 5:06 AM to get ready for work. Wednesday evening our neighborhood had a gas outage, which meant the furnace, water heater, and stove were not working. Thursday morning I woke up at 1:30 AM and wrestled with Satan again until sometime after 3 AM and then was awoken at 4 AM and 4:20 AM by calls from Vectren about our gas still being out. Then up at 5:06 AM to get ready for work. We finally had our gas service restored at 10 PM Friday night.  Just when I thought things were back to normal and I finally got some sleep, around 3:30 PM Saturday we lost our electric service.  We went to 5 o’clock Mass, dinner, visited with my parents, and when we got home our electric was back on.  Thank you Lord!  

In the big scheme of life these were all really minor things.  But at the same time, I can’t help but think that God had some important foundational things happening in my life this week that Satan was trying hard to keep me distracted from receiving. What those foundations will turn into are yet to be seen. One day at a time will reveal His wisdom and glory.  No matter how many distraction Satan throws my way, I can’t help but look for God’s presence in the mix.  Training a coworker = using and passing along the talents, knowledge, and patience God has given me. Sleepless nights = time spent praying and fighting for God’s will at a time I normally wouldn’t.  Gas outage = family and friends opening their homes to us.  Also, we were part of the first group to get our gas restored which allowed me to make three pots of soup for a dinner next Friday.  Power outage = time spent at Mass and with family.  God is present in everything.  You will see Him if you choose to focus on Him instead of the negative in life, which is often easier to focus on. 

Distractions and inconveniences. That’s what Satan uses to keep us from where we need to be.  But God is always greater. He can use anything that Satan throws at us to make us stronger and better equipped to be a glorious light in the kingdom of God here on this earth.  Bless others and be blessed. 

#TobyMac – Everything

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