I think I developed an affinity for them during my college years.
Majoring in English Literature required that I read a lot of works penned in the 1800’s and early 1900’s.
Descriptions of the architecturally grandiose homes, in which many of the stories’ events took place, got stuck in my brain and influenced my tastes.
I also remember how many of my most passionate English professors romanticized the Victorian era. I was swept away and completely immersed in the historical works.
While I enjoyed my lessons, later in life, I got a real-world lesson. I discovered that reading about historic homes was much more fun than actually living in one—for me at least.
Older houses are notoriously heat inefficient. So it would always be freezing inside the Hobbs residence during the winter season.
No matter how high my husband Kenya and I turned up the heat, it escaped through all the cracks, gaps and crevices.
The radiators would work overtime and still, no sustained warmth.
When we first moved in, before we fully understood how high the gas bill would be, we let the heat run all day and all night, hoping to warm the place up.
When we got our bill back, it was 800-some-odd dollars.
Whenever the temperatures dropped into the single digits, or below zero here in Buffalo, we also had to deal with the pilot on the furnace repeatedly blowing out.
One year, on New Year’s Day to be exact, I woke up and noticed that it was uncharacteristically cold in the house—far more frigid than usual.
I could see my breath. It was c-c-c-cold.
I knew the pilot light had gone out.
Still, for some reason, after being re-lit, the flame kept on going out almost immediately. So then, after Kenya’s multiple failed efforts to re-light it, he phoned the gas company.
Someone came out to the house to assess the problem and told us our gas coupler in the furnace needed to be replaced--a fairly easy fix.
Before leaving, though, the repairman decided to double-check and make sure everything else was functioning properly.
Good thing he did.
To our surprise, he discovered a gas leak in one of the pipes in the basement.
Lord have mercy.
Immediately, he shut the gas off for the safety of our family and expressed how dangerous that situation was to us.
As you might imagine, Kenya and I were thanking God! What started out stressing us ended up blessing us that day.
Even though being without heat and hot water wasn't our ideal way to bring in a new year, we couldn't stop giving God praise for that discovery.
The minor inconvenience was a major blessing in disguise. Had it not been for the pilot light on the furnace blowing out repeatedly, we would have never called the gas company. And had the gas company never sent someone out, that potentially fatal gas leak would have been undiscovered.
He turned an unfavorable situation around for our good.
I know He will do the same thing for you.
Friend, right now, you might be going through something unpleasant. I also realize that you may be more inclined to complain than to praise. But today, this word is to remind you that even in the bad, God is working for your good.
You don’t know what God is doing or why He’s allowing you to go through this. You just have to trust that, in the end, you will be rejoicing over the awesome testimony of deliverance.
He has the power to shift your circumstances that the enemy designed to use against you and make them work for you. I’ve seen Him do it many times in my life.
As you go through storms and struggles, it can be hard to see the silver lining.
I know that.
All you can see at the moment is the chaos and frustration caused by the trial. Unpleasant issues can make it very difficult—almost impossible—to identify any way the present situation could turn out alright.
Nevertheless, God desires only good things for you, even in the worst situations.
Trust God to turn it around! This low valley is not the end. God has greater in store for you.
Let me share this also.
I remember one time I was going through one of the most challenging seasons when the Lord impressed something upon my spirit that was incredibly helpful.
I wrote it down and have since shared it with others: “It gets hardest before the harvest.”
Some of my greatest trials have come just before my greatest breakthroughs. My worst days preceded my best ones. My biggest inconveniences came right before my most abundant blessings.
So again, trust God to turn these things around.
If He did it for Joseph, who was sold into servitude by his jealous brothers and later rose to become the prince of all Egypt, God can do it for you too.
To remind you of this truth, I’m stirring the words of Joseph, taken from Genesis 50:20 NASB, into your cup of inspiration. He said, "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result…”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, you will be empowered so you won’t be intimidated by what the enemy is trying to do, but rather, you’ll be motivated by what God is going to do.
He is going to turn things around. He is going to bring you out. He is going to destroy every yolk. He is going to give you a breakthrough. He is going to supply every need according to His riches (Philippians 4:19). He is going to exceed your expectations.
He is God. He is sovereign. He is able. He reigns. He is also the final authority on all matters and what He says goes.
So if God said He is going to bring you out, you can bank on it.
Be encouraged today.
Now let’s pray together. But before we do, I feel led to tell you to specifically get what it is you’re believing God to turn around in your mind.
And then, as I connect my faith with yours through prayer, let’s believe God together to shift that thing, alright?
You got in your mind?
Now, let’s pray.
Lord, thank You for taking THIS problem and turning it around for my good. Even though circumstances say it won’t work out, I’m not going by the way it looks, but by what You say. I believe You are going to work this out in my favor and so I thank You today. Based on the way it seems, I could be complaining. But instead, I’m going to be found praising You and blessing Your name for what is already done according to Your perfect will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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