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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. That’s 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 on—someone stole Hise’s 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.

He began to wonder if “God wanted me dead, but just kept missing!”
    That evening Hise attended a military ceremony at the university he was attending. He injured himself severely when he somehow sat on his bayonet...which had been tossed in the front seat of his car! Doctors were able to stitch up Brian’s wound but no one was able to resuscitate four of his canaries who were crushed to death from the wet, falling plaster in his apartment. After arriving home and slipping on the wet carpet where he badly injured his tailbone, Brian said he began to wonder if “God wanted me dead, but just kept missing!”

    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 don’t try ot squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you’ll be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.” (James 1:2-4 TLB).

    The message for us? Don’t sweat the small stuff, look for God in your difficulties, and journey with confidence toward your home with him.

      Copyright (c) 2001, Timely Truths Ministries. Used by permission.
      Title: ""
      Author: Brent Nidiffer and Jamie Shell
      Publication Date: March 23, 2001


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