Early in my Christian walk this verse in Proverbs became very special to me as I remember this being a new thought. I was not to base my life on my “own” understanding but rather acknowledging Him, which I believe involves recognizing His Lordship. Now this truly results in a walk of faith… especially when your human reason is telling you one thing and God’s Spirit through His Word is telling you another!
This past year has once again been one of these experiences. Many of you are aware that over the years of our family traveling, I have also had a sandblasting and painting business that I have tried to keep going… many times from a distance. This last winter was especially difficult as we were gone from September of ’07 through March of ’08, only being home 3-4 weeks through that time frame. As we got home in March I could see the business had really suffered from lack of attention and I started seeking the Lord concerning all this. At that point, the Lord gave me Jeremiah 33:3 as a call to seek Him. It states:
‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
As I pursued the directive stated in this verse, to “Call upon Him,” a few days later in my devotional time, God kept drawing my attention to Luke 12:33 which states:
Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys.
That following weekend Gloria, I and some of the children went out to South Carolina to visit Andrew. Saturday night as we were preparing for a nights rest, I shared these verses with Gloria. I wasn't sure what they all meant for us, or what God’s time table would be for closing our business of 23 years. We went to the Sunday evening service with Andrew that evening and after the worship time the pastor turned on the overhead to Luke chapter 12! He then stated that verse 33 would be his theme verse for the message that evening. Now that got our attention. Let me state that while I believe it can be dangerous and misleading to be led by circumstances, I do believe that God confirms what He has spoken to our hearts through His Word by directing “circumstances”.
We returned home from that trip and over the next couple of weeks, due to circumstances out of our control, we proceeded to “lose” about 3/4th of the contracts that we had lined up for the summer. At that point my salesman walked into my office and stated, “All I can say is that God is in this… there is no explanation for what has happened except God is supernaturally directing in all this!” I agreed. We then left to be a part of a couple different camp/revival meetings in North Dakota and Montana. The first night at the camp meetings in North Dakota, the speaker preached on the rich young ruler in Luke 18, where Jesus instructed to, “Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” Then, when we went to the revival meetings in Montana, we heard the message on the man who found the pearl of great price who, “went and sold all that he had, and bought it.” Have you ever felt like God was using a speaker to speak specifically to you!?
As we returned home, we made the commitment to have an auction and close the business. To be honest, we had very little work scheduled on the books at that point anyway… it seemed the Lord had made our future direction with the business very clear. This season of life was done and it was time to move on. On August 26 we auctioned the equipment off through an internet auction company. The economy as it is, I was very concerned about how the equipment would sell, but the Lord was very gracious and gave us a good sale which was very helpful to cover some of the financial losses we'd encountered last winter.
So now what?… That seems like an appropriate question at this point. We are presently seeking the Lord concerning that very question! Many assume this will mean a greater amount of time on the road -- which might be true to an extent, but we are currently spending at least two-thirds of our time out on the road. We also feel we need to have a certain amount of time for “normal” home life to maintain this type of itinerant ministry on long term basis. At this point, my goal is to simply deepen our walk and message. Our desire is to be more effective with our time when we are out on the road. I have an ever increasing burden for families and we’ll see if God would open more doors for opportunities along those lines. I want you to know that we greatly appreciate your prayers on our behalf and to let you know we daily see the fruit of those prayers.
May God Richly continue to bless each of you!