When I tell you God has taken me from comfortable to uncomfortable-It is an understatement!
At 5am, HE woke me up to start my day. I said my prayers, began baking to fill orders, but soon realized I needed to make a store run.
In doing that, I stumbled upon a mess(someone had knocked over a paper towel display) and as I walked by, HE whispered, clean it up. Baffled, I sort of looked at it(the mess) and thought, um, why would I do that? HE immediately spoke and said, I know you didn't make the mess, but I want you to understand the reason behind it. There's a lot of mess going on in this world and if everyone avoided it, how would the issues become resolved? Clean the mess up, you don't need anyone to see you do it, but it will be seen. I cleaned that display up so fast.
So often, when we make a mess, we want someone to see or at least help us clean-there's also times when we selfishly say, well-I didn't make that mess, why am I stuck with it? It doesn't matter who did it, what matters is the resolve! Lend the helping hand to clean "IT" up!
Fast forward. I knew I had a lot to do yesterday. I had orders to fill, a book signing/speaking engagement and my sons scrimmage. I had contemplated not going to my event, or at bare minimum going late and/or leaving early. BUT God! I tried to bake everything to at least get that over, but God had other plans. I was so off of my baking game. Before I cook/bake, I pray. ALL the time! I did my normal routine and commenced with baking, but it was an epic fail. My focus was time and feeling that I had none, that I was beginning to talk myself OUT of doing what HE lead me to do.
Finally, after I baked my final dozen of "epic fails" I decided to get ready for the event and come back to baking once the event was over. BEST decision ever!
I arrived at the Church, which I thought I was late, on time! Introduced myself to such a warm and welcoming bunch and began setting up my table. Realizing that I didn't have what I needed, I made a store run. Every single detail was ordained by God! Even the store run was apart of HIS plan.
When I returned, I met a woman. She was so frustrated and just overwhelmed. God had me bless her with a book, she kept mentioning that her morning was tossed upside down and she had left her wallet behind. Reassuring her that it was OK and that I wanted to give her the book, she started to become teary eyed. It was in that moment that God began to reveal the "why" of the day.
HE said, DeVita-this morning was to prepare you for the day. I needed you to focus on me, which is why I delayed everything so that you would be in position for this very moment. I needed you to be present for this young woman, that feels no on understands. I needed her to meet someone who has been where she is and has overcome it. I needed you to give her hope, by sharing your story. Do not concern yourself with those that will understand your reason why for writing the book, I will appoint those to you, that will not only understand, but will be changed by it.
The young lady came back to me, with a five dollar bill. She said that was all she had to pay for the book. I hugged her and said, "You have to understand that everything you've asked God for, HE has heard your cries. HE knows what you need and will supply them all, starting with you feeling as if you're there for others and yet no one is there for you. Today, HE blessed you, but because it wasn't in the way you thought it would be, you couldn't accept it. The book, the book was to be a blessing by God for you. Her eyes lit up and she started to cry. I shared with her that I'd been there, I know how she feels and I wanted her to know that she wasn't alone.
After the event, I went back home to bake the rest of the desserts and just as HE told me, the delay was to focus on HIM and to be prepared for the encounter. I completed the order without any problems. God is AMAZING and never ceases to amaze me!
The mess that's made, has to be cleaned, not so much by the person that made it, but by someone taking to the to acknowledge it.
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