Thursday, 14 May 2015

Sometimes Horrible things are Doors to Moving Forward!

Our electrical supply in this country is becoming haphazard to say the least.  Its not that we don't have resources.  The electricity supplier's (we have only one) CEO has gone on record saying there is a serious lack of maintenance from the last 20 years and there has been corruption, and all the work requires load-shedding, etc, etc!  I'm no politician but I'm sure you can fill in the blanks.

Because of this we decided to be proactive and try to generate as much of our own electricity as possible via solar power.  Now this is no small task.  Months of investigation, tons of questions, etc before we selected the route to take.  And then when we were on the path to electrical freedom, we learnt that a lot of what we had been told was, shall we say, short in truth, so as to promote us spending more money to get what we were ultimately after.

Sigh.... after a month and a half, we have what we want, we can be free from our supplier should we choose, we have with our installers managed a lot of issues along the way but YAY, finally we are there!

THEN....

The next day anything and everything tripped the power.  First a power tool, then my hairdryer, then nothing, literally.  So in desperation I again called our solar installers and begged them to sort this out!


It turns out the day before they had stumbled across a potential fire hazard in the form of melting wires touching.  And in their quest to figure it out had further disturbed these wires and left that day letting us know that all should be well and they would be back in 3 days to sort it out.  Nope, the next day, no power!  And much frustration.  I just wanted what we had paid for TO WORK ALREADY!!!!

The thing is though, them finding this bad wiring and messing with it, had brought to light a potential fire hazard that unseen might have ended up far worse than half a day without power.  And with our electricity supply being an on and off thing this may have "sparked" (literally and figuratively) a fire.  By being inconvenienced now, a future issue was revealed and dealt with.

My point is that sometimes things happen in our lives that may seem so unnecessary and seem so pointless and inconvenient.  In the moment those incidents can really hurt and cause turmoil to yourself and those around you.  But in looking back one can often see that you needed to overcome this thing in order to move forward.  In order for a door to open, or close.  I have been noticing lately that things happen and when you look at these things in the light of spiritual battles, and you see yourself or someone else overcome, you suddenly see them move forward in a direction that brings great joy, or further promotion.  And if they don't overcome, they (or I) seem to keep going through the same stuff.

I think too, that the Lord allows stuff in our lives, short term or long term, that keeps us focused on Him or keeps us leaning on Him.  Maybe because without the hardship we would feel or act like we don't need Him, and then we don't grow our relationship with Him?

Anyway my friends, my encouragement to you is to say to you that nothing you go through is for nothing.  There is always a reason.  God uses what is meant for your harm, for your good and He uses circumstances and hiccups to draw you closer to Him.

Be encouraged and keep pushing through daily.  Enough is one day's issues for each day, and His mercies are new EVERY morning.

James 1 v 2-4:  Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. (3) Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.  (4) But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.

God bless
Tracy

With each post I do this year I am going to end off with #wisdom. This will be where I try to understand the wisdom of what the Lord is teaching here.

#wisdom What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?



I think the Lord is teaching me that "stuff" is for the refining of me and who I am and who He wants me to be.  Its about enduring and pushing through and being a more humble, peaceful, helpful and selfless person.  Trials burn off the spiritual rubbish and hopefully leave something good behind.  Something God can use to help win others.  

6 comments:

  1. When I was in the Philippines, my son in law installed solar panel in their home. He was educated to that and it saves them some electricity bill. Now, many had asked him how much he takes for the work:)

    Anyway, I do believed too that everything happens in our life has a reason. We just need God's wisdom to learn from them.
    Hope it is ok now with your electricity problems.

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    1. Hi Joy, so true. Things that happen in life, good and bad, can be blessings and lessons always in getting closer to the Lord. God bless

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  2. What a trial you have been through, but just look at the spiritual good you have gleaned, and now have shared with us here. I was thinking as I was reading this that our trials aren't always just for our own benefit...but, we overcome by the "blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony" to others. By you sharing this, I, too, have gleaned much good for some trials we are now going through. I love your thought about it being the means of opening a door that God wants opened in our lives. The opening of those doors isn't always pleasant, is it? Especially for those of us who do not like change. But, it can be the very thing we need. Thank you SO much for sharing your heart, Tracy. You are always a blessing to me. :)

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    1. Hi Cheryl, thank you for the great encouragement sweet lady.
      God bless

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  3. Your story reminded me of something that happened a couple of weeks ago. After a very long day, I left my sons' office to come home. I was greeted with a very, very flat tire. I felt so irritated and aggravated at the inconvenience. But then, I was overcome with the ways that God had provided.

    1) The flat occurred while I was parked, not on the 2-hour journey I had earlier that day on the freeway.
    2) My son was right there, too, so I had a ride home after dark.
    3) My ensuing visit to the tire place showed that a couple of my tires were extremely low on tread and needed replacing.
    4) I did not have a blowout, did not have an accident.

    Your lesson is well-taken. Sometimes the things that seem oh-so-bad at the time are just the prelude to God doing a mighty work. I am reminded of Genesis 50:20:

    "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done..."

    Yes, our Father knows best.

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Hi Sharon, God is great in how He arranges things for us and protects us.
      God bless

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