God sometimes wants to make a point. Sometimes it comes in a subtle way and other times…… well let’s just say a “thump on the noggin.”
The peace that comes when you are in sync with our Lord can not be explained by mere words. It is more than contentment. It is sweeter than any confectionery fix. It is not skin deep but deep in the soul peace. And it is NOT a feeling of happiness.
And sometimes, well, there are just some times that the only thing left to do is to just sit back and watch God in all His glory do what He does best……. love. When you surrender to God’s will or when you hand over what ever may be causing you to struggle, that peace comes along. It is more than a feeling. Yea, it is……. it is a presence…… a state of being……
Let me tell you something…… It is true what the bible says……. God is a God of Peace. And that I can testify.
Remember last week, I told you about the prayer I had during church. I asked God for direction and affirmation. I pointed out in the prayer that He is peace and not confusion……. Well, He cleared up that confusion real quick and the peace that followed was unimaginable.
I told you how I was a blubbering mess over the little shoppe I fell in love with…… it wasn’t confusion that I felt, nor frustration…… No, it was disappointment through and through. MY daydream shattered. Not God’s plan. MY expectations fell apart. Not God’s. I wanted something really bad. But God had something else in mind……
After the red brick shoppe had been pointed out to me by the sweet little lady, I knew God was working. All I had to do was allow HIM to do it. I needed to let go of the control and just let HIM. I’ve struggled with this my whole life. But for some strange reason I was allowing Him to work…… maybe it is because I have no idea what I am doing. Just blind faith……
I asked my realtor to look into the property. He did and he had great news……. It had tenants already. BUT, the landlord wasn’t really happy with them and was thinking about terminating their lease.
I’m not going to lie. I jumped up and down squealing “YES!” I cried tears of joy. I got on my knees and thanked God.
Now, here’s what happened next….. are you ready? God is about to prove a point.
My realtor called. The landlord had told him that the tenants were planning to open in 2 weeks with a bakery. I won’t lie. I cried like a baby. But, once the tears dried. Peace came over me like it had never done before. I had a strange feeling something else was about to happen.
I was looking at other properties. There was a place along the freeway. It wasn’t the best spot but it was nice. I began to daydream again. Every time I drove by….. I felt peace. So, after a whole lot of praying, I went forward.
Every day for the two weeks that the people were preparing to open, I drove to that place, parked and prayed for their success. I felt led to do this. I can’t explain why I did it but after I pulled away, peace washed over me.
And then, the two weeks passed. Still nothing happened at the red brick. I know deadlines sometimes are not met. But then a nagging feeling started. This thought of ask about the red brick again would not leave me alone. So, I picked up the phone, called my guy and asked him to inquire one last time. If nothing happened by a date, we will go even further with the other property.
Once again, family and friends expressed their concerns. My Dad went as far as looking at other locations. Every time someone asked if I was sure that this freeway location was the right place, my answer was “I feel at peace about it. God wouldn’t steer me wrong.”
Then on the Monday before Thanksgiving, they opened. I drove by. Parked. And once again prayed. I can’t say that I wasn’t disappointed but again I had a peace that I could not explain.
So we moved forward. I stopped going by the red brick. I wished them luck and prayed that this small town was big enough for to bakeries. I continually said what I felt about the other location…… I feel nothing but peace. I even was lectured a couple of times. But, I didn’t budge. The peace was too strong to ignore. So, I stood my ground, in sync with God.
See, that was not my normal behavior. In the past, I would have taken over and looked for another “red brick” cute shoppe. But, I don’t know. I can’t explain as to why. I just know I followed the peace.
Then…… well, you ain’t gonna believe me when I tell you this……
The Monday after Thanksgiving, I was at work at the library. Minding my own business, when I got a voice mail notice. I listened…… it was my guy. And he sounded rather…… excited. thrilled. shocked. The red brick landlord called my guy and wanted to know if I was still interested in renting.
Yes, you read that correctly. The other bakery closed…… The tenants cleaned out their stuff and left. End of Story.
I had to drive by there and see for myself. I couldn’t believe it was true. The rent was a 1/3 of the cost of the freeway location. And there was a bakery case left behind. God is so good. Do you hear me?? GOD! IS! SO! GOOD!!!!! God made a point. All I had to do was trust in HIM…… not in me…… not in the opinions of people I love…… Just HIM. Best part….. I didn’t get a big old thump on the noggin!!
We did a walk through that week. I couldn’t do or say anything….. I just walked through thinking, “Yep, this is the place.”
A week later, I was holding the keys.