by Carole Brown
Yeah, trusting folks that we are, cautious and prayerful about major decisions, abundantly wary over people who seem scam-ish–we “got taken” last summer.
Normally, we would have pulled away immediately.
Our antennas would have been quivering with suspicions . . .
Why weren’t they?
But I ignored mine. It doesn’t matter what those reasons were. The big questions I had were:
- Why did I ignore the warning signs?
- Was I ignoring God’s gentle touch to be careful here because of false security?
- Or was it God’s way of getting my attention for an area in my life that was just a bit too unguarded?
What matters now is:
- I’ve strengthened my spirit in being more guarded than ever in aimless trusting.
- I’ve determined that being a bit more pushy (in a Christ-like manner) can’t hurt–at least me. If the other person wants to be offended, after I’ve listened to that “still small voice” then it’s on them.
- I’ve learned to be even more careful to follow God’s leading, and finally . . .
- I’ve learned that I must keep and cherish the promises I’ve made to God.
It was a hard lesson to learn, but somehow God saw us through. Since then, I’ve felt God’s presence and comforting touch and his wonderful peace. He’s given me a calmness over the whole matter–that regardless of the deceit and slyness, the “reasons” I gave in at the time, the quickness of the decision, the knowledge I should have seen through the trickery, we will come through.
Have you ever gone through an experience that, in hinder sight, seemed so foolish? How did you handle it, and how did you come through?
Blessings to you in the awkward moments!