Love Does 5

Tuesday, May 5
Chapter 5: The Rearview Mirror
(pg 31)

Quote of the Day:

“I’ve learned that God sometimes allows us to find ourselves in a place where we want something so bad that we can’t see past it. Sometimes we can’t even see God because of it. When we want something that bad, it’s easy to mistake what we truly need for the thing we really want. When this sort of thing happens, and it seems to happen to everyone, I’ve found it’s because what God has for us is obscured from view, just around another bend in the road.” – Love Does by Bob Goff, pgs. 35-36

Scripture Reference:

Isaiah 55:8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”

Putting Love into Action:

Write down one thing that you’re currently struggling with – something you want so bad you can’t see past it. Tell God how you feel. Be honest and talk to Him like you would your best friend. Ask God to show you what you really need, no matter what. Ask Him to reveal His plan in His time. And then, trust. Trust that He has this thing and your heart in the palm of His hand.

Question/Discussion:

Is there an experience in your rear view mirror where God used His love and circumstances to shape your life – even if it wasn’t what you expected or wanted?

Post your comments below for today’s question/discussion. I can’t wait to hear your answers!

~Starr

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9 thoughts on “Love Does 5

  1. I can remember a very young couple that had just sold their first house and had big plans to build their “dream home” – the place they would live forever. It seemed like everything was falling into place – the perfect lot, the perfect street name, a full basement they could finish out later on, a master on the main floor, lots of room to grow and raise a family…Then, things started going wrong. Delays from the builder, changes from the builder, broken promises from the builder. There wasn’t very much peace and trust that this would end up being “the dream” home they had imagined. And so they walked away from everything they wanted. Meanwhile, they were stuck in a tiny rental with no where to go – disappointed dreams and all. Fast forward 1 year later to one of the largest housing crashes our economy has seen. That couple would have most likely lost that “dream home” in foreclosure if they had actually gone through with building the home they couldn’t afford. God knew that this young couple – who would also welcome their first child into this world over that next year – didn’t need to go down that path. And looking back in our rear view mirror today, I can see how God had complete control over our home. Yeah, we don’t have granite. We don’t have a master on the main floor. No basement. But, we have a roof over our heads and so much more to be thankful for – and I’m reminded of His love every time I walk through our front door.

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  2. After my divorce and another failed relationship I had finally decided to trust God to provide the husband I needed. I prayed very specifically-a man who was divorced with kids who would understand I come with baggage (and a lot of it). And after a year of being by myself God planted Brian in my life. A man who had not been married and didn’t have any kids. Not my plan. However, God knew what I needed, a man who would be as understanding about my exes and my boys. He knew that I needed a stable man to bring me to the ground. God is so good and can do everything when we let Him control the wheel.

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    1. Melissa, God knew we both needed our Brian’s for sure!!! So glad that He sent you exactly what you needed, even though he didn’t make your cut of what you expected! God is so cool like that!!

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  3. Before I had babies I was a teacher. I loved my job and my best friend worked at the school with me. We did absolutely everything together. If we weren’t teaching or planning, we were shopping. Well, I had my twins and quit teaching. It still was great because she came over after school and we each had a baby to go shopping with. Then things changed. I had another baby and she had a baby. She quit talking to me basically over night. She said she didn’t have time for friends and no longer wanted to speak to me. I was devastated. She occupied all my time and I felt abandoned and very lonely. I now see that God had a plan for that awful place in my life. He wanted to reshape my identity. I was very wrapped in my friend and kids and He wanted me to be wrapped up in Him and let Him reshape my identity. I took that time to listen. I picked up my Bible and decided to read it from front to back (it was on my bucket list – and i actually did it!). You know what? That was the most beautiful lonely couple of years of my life!!!! He set my priorities straight and let me know that the most important thing that I needed to be doing was teaching His word to these babies. I am forever grateful to that friend for cutting me out of her life. I needed that because I needed Him. I learned to take those dry and lonely times to soak Him up and prepare for the flood. I now have some pretty amazing friends that love Jesus and grow me rather than take me away from my Father.

    Thank You Father for loving me and not allowing me to go my own way. Thank you for guiding me with your rod and staff. You didn’t say you would guide me with soft fluffy pillows but a rod that can be uncomfortable at times. Thank you for that. Thank you for persistently seeking my attention. Thank you for desiring me to cry out to You for help so that You can rub Your loving hand on my cheek to let me know You’ve got this. Thank You for knowing when I need to be redirected – Your ways are amazing!! Amen!

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    1. Wow. Becca!!! Seriously. What a perspective to use something that seems so unfair and to turn that into a time to learn and grow in Christ and the Word!!! You have been an absolute encouragement to me in my walk as a mom over the past couple of years. I’m so thankful that God is not only using you to teach those babies, but to help those that struggle like me. Thank you for your honesty and for sharing your story with us!

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  4. One thing I have learned (and occasionally have to be reminded of) is that past experiences are what made me who I am today. Whether I choose the hard way to learn the lesson (as is often the case) or the easy way… but without the times of drought in my life, I don’t think I would appreciate where I am now.

    The old Garth Brooks song “Unanswered Prayer” comes to.mind…

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  5. The hardest period in my life was when my parents divorced. It came out of left field and I was just not ready for that. I wasn’t bitter or angry, it was and still is the most hurtful experience that shaped my life. The have been plenty if other hard life events but this one had the most impact on my life. Nothing was ever the same after that. Only God knows the reasons why and only God heals the hurt. I don’t know how people get through life without the comfort of our holy Father. When my earthly father let me down, my Heavenly Father wrapped his arms around me and brought me through. God is good!

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    1. Mom – I’ve never heard you talk much about this part of your life and there’s no way I could imagine how very hurtful this experience was. But, I do know that you lived a life of forgiveness in front of me as I grew up. You made sure that I knew my grandpa and you never spoke bad of him in any way. Thank you for doing that and seeing past the failures and hurt to show love. Love that really continued until the end.

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