Friday, February 28, 2014

A1V Devotional: Positive in the Face of Unpleasantness!

(Repost from 5/2/2012)

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer." ~ 1 Corinthians 1:3-6

So, I go home for lunch, spend quite a bit of time praying, really getting myself to lean on Him more. He gives me the verse I shared earlier, reminding me He is always in control, and it completely lifts me up! I've been in a funk this week, and it's all gone, now!

I head back to work, singing and praising all the way. Then, half a mile from my exit, I get pulled over for speeding. Thinking back, I even saw him, as he had just finished pulling someone else over. I didn't even check my speed (usually reflexive) as I switched lanes to give him some space. Apparently, praising too hard while you drive is hazardous, as it can distract you from your speedometer...

But, I'm still praising Him! No stinking ticket is going to bring me down! It's great to have Him show Himself even in the midst of a rather unpleasant situation! Even while the kind officer was writing my ticket, I couldn't help but smile to myself. (I refrained from laughing aloud, though I did feel like it...didn't think the officers kindness would tolerate that.) I sang and laughed the remaining mile to work!

Who knows? Maybe the officer needed someone to deal with that was in a great mood, and extremely helpful, and easy to deal with. I hope so, because that is sure what he got!

Lord, I pray you will keep this positive mood in and around me at all times. I pray that it spills off, and shows to everyone I encounter, that they might see something in me that they need a piece of. In that instance, I pray you will speak through me, giving me those wonderful words of life, that I might be used to lift others up, to encourage them in all aspects of their lives. Lord, just work through me any way you can, for I am ready and willing!

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