Monday, February 29, 2016

ONLY GOD by Guest Brenda Wood as told by Ronald Wood

My guest today is Brenda J. Wood, author and motivational speaker.

 Lamentations- 3:22-23- The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end: they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness (RSV).

I wasnt surprised when the boss told me that wed be going to a four- day work week. Business was poor and an even slower winter season lay ahead. I sure was scared. I was 55; the economy was in a slump.  Everyone wanted to tell me about older men who were losing their jobs. I went home and told my wife. I reminded her that God was faithful and that He has never let us down. I think I convinced her but I was having a hard time convincing myself! I was praying, but I feared what lay in store. Monday provided less work than Friday. My day off was supposed to be on Wednesday but I left by noon. I always find it harder to pretend to be busy than to actually be busy. I faced a future of three days pay for the week. It would never cover our living expenses.
On the way home, I stopped to buy gas for the truck. I had a lawn mower in the back that Id been trying to sell for at least three months. The stranger at the next gas pump bought it off the back of my truck! As I drove on, a company name came to me. I had never tried there for a job, but I knew they might have jobs for truck drivers. I had my AZ (tractor-trailer permit) license and even though Id rather do mechanical work, I felt I could go back to the trucks. The manager told me to come right over. AZ licenses are big stuff!

I made up a resume and decided to visit a friend who lived in the area. His road was closed off and I had to drive past another repair shop, so I stopped in and asked about a job. They needed a man one day a week! By the time I got home, the first company had called and wanted me to start, not as a truck driver, but as the plant manager! God had more in mind that just a job. After only a few weeks, psoriasis, (caused by grease cleansers) disappeared from my hands.  Blood clots in my feet (from constant standing on cement floors) disappeared, because now I walk all day.  And every time I tell this story, both my listeners, and I, get a fresh glimpse of Gods great faithfulness.

Having financial difficulties? No matter the problem, God has always been faithful and He will be so again today.

(from Heartfelt, 366 devotions for common sense living, used by permission)

Brenda J Wood, author and motivational speaker

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