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by Brent Nidiffer and Jamie Shell
Brian Hise had more bad luck over the course of a single month than for most people would occur over a lifetime. When his apartment in Provo, Utah became flooded from a broken pipe in the apartment above his, the manager told him to go out and rent a water vacuum. Thats when he discovered that his car had a flat tire.
He changed the tire and went inside again to phone a friend for help. But the electric shock he got from the phone so startled him that he inadvertently ripped the instrument off the wall! Before he could leave the apartment a second time, a neighbor had to kick his door down because by now water damaged had jammed it tight.
While all this was going onsomeone stole Hises car! But it was almost out of gas so he found it just a few blocks away. He then had to push it to a gas station where he filled up the tank.
As the book of Job reminds us, the difficulties of life may be beyond our understanding, but they do not mean that God is abandoning us. In Jesus, he taught us that he cares about our troubles and loves us enough to enter into them so we can be assured that we will ultimately share in the victory with him. God goes with us through the troubles to bring us to a better place, both in our character and also in our location.
The Bible says, Is your life full of difficulties...? BE HAPPY, for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow. So let it grow and dont try ot squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then youll be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete. (James 1:2-4 TLB).
The message for us? Dont sweat the small stuff, look for God in your difficulties, and journey with confidence toward your home with him.
Author: Brent Nidiffer and Jamie Shell
Publication Date: March 23, 2001
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