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Even In The Hard Times; Don't Panic

Good morning. It is Tuesday, November 2, 2021.


It was 2 months ago that I wrote about a family member totaling Wendell’s car.


The fact that this young man exited the vehicle on his own was a miracle. The fact that two airbags deployed with no harm was a miracle. The fact that he had glass in his clothes, but no cuts was a miracle. And then came the piece of gravel in his jeans pocket but not a single scratch. God certainly sent His angels to protect him.


He was heartbroken for wrecking the car. He knew what comfort it brought me just seeing it parked in my driveway. A piece of Wendell, although he was gone, that brought pleasant memories.


I assured him that it would be okay. “That is why we have insurance” I told him.


The insurance company called it a total loss and on 10/12/21 sent the following “I was finally given the okay to pay and have issued your check…” She even wrote “YAY!!”” which I too felt. Yay!


One of my sons made the comment. “Look at it this way mom, dad is still providing for you in a way.” That brought me a sense of relief.


It was a fair settlement. Close to the value of the car.


Although upset about the car, I was comforted with the fact that a nice check was coming my way. I would install a Simple Pump on my well in the event of power outages or perhaps I would purchase a generator instead. I would have topsoil and sod brought into my back yard to keep the red mud at a minimum. I had a woodstove installed. I had plans.


The paperwork and signatures that was required made my head spin, but I swiftly attended to each request, including a copy of Wendell’s death certificate, which was hard.


Each day I would check my mailbox with anticipation and each day there would be nothing from the insurance company.


Yesterday I heard from them again. This time the message was “It was found that this is not a comprehensive loss; it is a collision loss. You do not have collision on your vehicle. So, a deer hit would have been comprehensive but because the deer was not hit and because it was a reaction to the deer it ends up being a collision. We will have the vehicle brought back to you. This loss is not a covered loss.”


My heart starting pounding. My mind started racing. I felt lost to say the least. Tears began to burn my eyes as I asked, “Why God?”


A $13,000 vehicle gone, with no compensation whatsoever. It was hard to take.


Just as all this was happening, and just as the words “OH NO!” were coming out of my mouth, my roommate got home. She asked me what was wrong. I gave her a brief explanation.


Immediately she said “Come on. Let’s get down on our knees and worship God. Let’s do what Job did.”


I am being totally honest here. My first reaction and thought was “I don’t feel like it.”


She grabbed my arm and repeated “come on”.


We knelt in my living room around my cozy ottoman, and I began to pray. Was it easy? No. Did I know it was the right thing to do? Yes.


You see, God’s timing is perfect. Yesterday afternoon I found myself editing an upcoming episode of Women in the Word. The program will begin airing in December and I am working now on getting the shows edited.


Yesterday I was editing the show on Favorite Book of the Bible and Why.


Terah’s favorite was Esther. Alta’s favorite was John and my favorite? Job.


I had watched and listened to myself read from Job the following:


Job 1:13-20 “Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house, and there came a messenger to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, and the Sabeans fell upon them and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “The Chaldeans formed three groups and made a raid on the camels and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house, and behold, a great wind came across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young people, and they are dead, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped.”


After all the devastating news, Job fell on the ground and worshiped.


He lost more than a car! He lost all his livestock; his livelihood…oxen, donkeys, sheep, camels. His sons and daughters were all killed! Incredible!


What faith! What strength! What love!


I had commented on the program that Job is my favorite book of the Bible because it tells me that nothing happens to me without God’s knowledge and, frankly, consent.


It tells me that Satan had to seek permission to torment Job, to try to ruin him. Honestly to try to get him to curse God; to blame God.


We know Job questioned God.


Job 7:20 ESV “If I sin, what do I do to you, you watcher of mankind? Why have you made me your mark? Why have I become a burden to you?”


BUT, his questioning God was not a sin. Verse 22 tells us “In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.”


So here I was, a mere few hours from editing a program where I professed to have a similar faith. Here was my roommate basically commanding that we get on our knees and worship God. It was time to put words to action.


As I knelt there with tears dripping down my cheek, I thanked God again for protecting this family member from harm. I thanked Him for His love and watch care over the situation. I told God I trusted Him to work everything out. When I could no longer pray out loud, my roommate began to pray, and it was beautiful.


Just the two of us, on our knees worshiping God.


I wish I could say I slept soundly last night, but I must confess there were large stretches of time where I would awaken and then wrestle with the knowledge of the evening. I would worry and then I would remember. It was this tug of war all night long. I would worry and then I would surrender. I would worry and then I would give it all to God. I would then take it back and worry some more until finally my alarm went off at 4:45am.


As I write this morning, I can honestly say that I am no longer worried. As I knelt in prayer last night, I acknowledged that God has always taken care of me financially and I know He will always take care of me. Why would He not? This morning I gave it to God one last time. My plan is to leave it in His hands and not take it back. That is my plan.


I would leave you with this. Firstly, check your car insurance and make sure you have the proper amount and the right type. We have many deer and other wild animals in our area. I had no idea of the difference Comprehensive vs Collision.


Secondly, do not swerve to miss an animal in the road. I know it is instinct but keep your wheel steady. Tell your young drivers the same and remind the older adults as well.


I shared with you a few weeks ago how I witnessed the car in front of me swerve to avoid hitting a deer. That young man lost control and died before my very eyes.


Friend, I want to be more like Job. I strive daily to develop that kind of faith. Perhaps this was just a little nudge from God to help me grow.



I will leave you with song lyrics. This song came to mind this morning.


My God Is so big, so strong and so mighty,

There’s nothing my God cannot do. [2]


The rivers are His, the mountains are His,

The stars are His handiwork too.

My God Is so big, so strong and so mighty,

There’s nothing that He cannot do.


My God Is so big, so strong and so mighty,

There’s nothing my God cannot Do. [2]


He’s called you to live for Him every day,

In all that you say, and you do.

My God Is so big, so strong and so mighty,

There’s nothing that He cannot do.

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