Do you keep a diary or journal?
I do on an intermittent basis.
Yesterday, I came upon my thoughts written ten years ago. I was blessed as I recounted my experiences.
July 26, 2003, I entered my thoughts of praise to God for finding my “lost” luggage.
Excitedly, I packed, took a flight, and I arrived for a great time. I arrived, but my luggage did not.
For three days, no extra clothes. Do you know how hot it is in Tennessee in July? Phew!
I asked God for His intervention on my behalf, but decided to go ahead and buy a couple of things, knowing all the time He was “up to something.” He always is. It did come!
As Matthew Henry stated, “Man’s adversity is God’s opportunity.” He loves to surprise us.
Exactly one year later, I wrote to say I was relinquishing my lovely jewelry that had been taken in a burglary. It was already in thieving hands, but I didn’t want to be tied to them by a hateful, vengeful attitude.
So, in my mind, I gave it to them, knowing that we must always hold things loosely in our hands. Anyway, it’s all “wood, hay, and stubble.”
Sound too pious? Too goody goody?
Well I don’t always choose the right attitude. But in doing so, situations lose the power to hurt us.
I heard this called the “prayer of relinquishment” many years ago. It came from the book, Something More, by Catherine Marshall.
She was the wife of Peter Marshall, who was the chaplain of the senate. She was in and out of hospitals because of tuberculosis for several years, very ill.
She fought the disease and perhaps got a little mad at God. But the time came when she laid it all down and surrendered her will to God’s.
Her disease took an upward turn.
A quote of Catherine’s is:
“Often God shuts a door in our face so that He can open the door through which He wants us to go.”
Her experience gave her a depth, the “something more,” and her book blessed me. And it has stayed with me these years.
A good formula, Romans 12:12 says, “Rejoicing in hope; Patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.”
Charles Swindoll says, “When God is involved, anything can happen.