2 Kings 7:1-2 “Hear this message from the Lord! This is what the Lord says: by this time tomorrow in the markets of Samaria, five quarts of fine flour will cost only half an ounce of silver, and ten quarts of barley grain will cost only half an ounce of silver. The officer assisting the king said to the man of God, ‘that couldn’t happen even if the LORD opened the windows of heaven!'”
Psalms 119:41-42 “Lord, give to me your unfailing love, the salvation that you promised me. then I will have an answer for those who taunt me, for I trust in your word. 44) I will keep on obeying your law forever and forever.”
I had the pedal to the medal as I headed to work one morning last week. Believing I was going to be late, it occurred to me that I had wasted an entire hour playing silly online games instead of being fully prepared and punctual. The red truck with a rusty bumper in front of me was doing 40 in a 50 and for a moment my thoughts drifted to, “Oh, this stupid driver, don’t they know THEY are going to cause me to not show up on time!” Suddenly, my phone rang and noticing that it was my boss I contemplated not answering it. “Hello” I said, “Erica, I just want you to know that these confounded morons out here on the road are %$##^&* me off and I’m going to be 20 minutes late because of idiotic stoplights and $#@%^ slow stupidity!” This cringing ranting went on for a few more moments and I suddenly knew God wasn’t going to knock any louder on my heart and voice, so I interrupted him and said, “Sir, perhaps your morning drive to work could be more pleasant if you were to look at the situations of the vehicles around you and stoplights you are encountering not as a negative, but one in which you believe that each second you are sitting at it is possibly God’s way of saving you from an actual accident up ahead.” His response was, “Your God could care less about me or else He would not have allowed me to have numerous traffic tickets and fines along with other problems in my life. if you want to be positive you go right ahead, but be sure that there is only so much of it and then it is gone, and not even God can undo the bad all around us.”
The call ended and I sat in the parking lot and spoke this prayer, “Father, thank you for amazing me yet again with pricking my heart and mind to the negative I was dwelling on and in turn using that to be a tool to reach out to my boss. I pray that you will overflow me with continued daily positives that can ward off any negatives that are placed in front of me. Soften his heart, Lord to see the good around him and keep my faith strong allowing me to not be wavered by his taunts of unbeliefs. Move his heart the way you move mountains!
At the time I had not yet read my passages for this entry, and I had somewhat set that incident to the side of my brain with a penciled in sticky note reminder to be on guard and keep praying for him, and so I went back to my normal routine of day to day. God knew that the #2 lead would easily fade though if He did not provide me with a permanent sharpie marker to rewrite it with! I love you Lord for knowing what I need when I need it and I ask that you will continue to provide me with your unfailing love and that as your word says, “I will keep on obeying you forever and forever.” Amen