2012 has not been kind to my family so far.
- My position at work was eliminated on January 23 (there is a story with this that will take a series of posts in the near future to share)
- This makes the 3rd time in 8 years that I my job was eliminated. Hope it’s not true that each time this happens is takes 12-18 months off of your life expectancy because at the rate I am going…the math is not pretty!
- The week I was let go, I had to take Lisa (my wonderful wife) to the ER for a kidney stone (10 years since her last one)
- Various surprise expenses have popped up (major car repairs, dishwasher needs replaced, etc.)
- Lisa & I headed out of town yesterday heading for Minnesota so that I could assist her with a show for her business (Urban Farmhouse). This was hopefully going to be an opportunity to sell, sell, sell and get some great PR. We got as far as Indianapolis and Lisa was hit with another kidney stone. We then spent 5 hours in an Indiana ER and then had orders to head back to the hospital in Lancaster, Ohio (where Lisa’s doctor practices). We arrived there around 9pm last night and they admitted her and she is to have a procedure done tomorrow to bust up the stone.
I share this only so you can see where I am coming from. The title of this posting comes from Daniel 3:17 when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego told King Nebuchadnezzar “…O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”
The amazing thing here is that these three stated they were confident God could deliver them from the king’s punishment BUT IF NOT (because just because He can do something does not mean He will) they want the king to be clear they will not do what he asks. Now we all have things we want/need and I would bet we pray for these things from time to time. What I wonder is if we also include “But if not…” in the prayer as well. Do we let God know that regardless of what He chooses to do, we will always carry on in His name and pursue His will and not our own? That’s a tough one for me and I am not standing anywhere near a burning, fiery furnace!
I wear a purple wristband from our local F.C.A. chapter that reads, “Soli Deo Gloria” (For the Glory of God Alone) and it has served me well this past 6 weeks. There are times I rub it and pray that I am pursuing things in His name and not in my own. The majority of the time I pray for wisdom to understand what His plans are for our family and the strength to face what comes after “But if not…”