A week from hell…or was it heaven?

Oh my days! What has this week been all about?!!

It’s been so ridiculously hard that it borders on hilarious! (Hear me right – it hasn’t been cataclysmic – just a tough week to endure!) However, God in His grace has been teaching me a very simple yet powerful truth. I’ll get to that in a bit. But first things first, check out some of the stuff that’s happened this week:

  • Strong winds ripped the facia and guttering off the front of my house!
  • Michelle lost her mobile phone (her primary means of contact with the outside world).
  • Our washing machine decided to burst a pipe and flood the utility room in the middle of the night.
  • Insane winds ripped tiles and felt off my roof and generally left a hole in it!
  • The vet told us that Boaz’ tumour is too big too operate on. He’s now a canine junkie on 14 tablets a day. If that fails – our faithful friend is gonna die soon.
  • Our car died in Pontypool Town Centre (gearbox failure again!) We now have 4 kids and no car!!
  • I slipped horribly in torrential rain whilst carrying my baby girl, Anastasia, sending her somersaulting across the car park (in her car seat)! Praise God she was OK, but I was REALLY shaken up!!

And that wasn’t all of it! There loads of other stuff that involved cleaning up vast quantities of urine and pooh…and don’t get me started on dealing with the insurance people!!

But here’s why I’m blogging about it – in the midst of all this craziness, God has really ministered to me and Michelle . If I could sum-up the lesson in a nut-shell it would be this – His grace is sufficient.ย The truth is that while I would readily admit that God is all I truly need to be happy, satisfied and safe – the reality is that I turn to so many other sources for satisfaction, happiness and ‘salvation.’ It was these issues that I feel have been exposed by what we’ve gone through this week. Allow me to explain:

  • Damage to the house: COMFORT – Do we take comfort for granted? Where do we turn for shelter?
  • Lost Phone: RELATIONSHIP – are human relationships more important to us than relationship with God?
  • Broken Washing Machine: CLEANLINESS – Am I more concerned about clean clothes than the righteous robes that Jesus offers?
  • Dying Dog: SECURITY – is my home safe cos we’ve got a 7 stone dog or because God is our ultimate protector?
  • R.I.P Car: INDEPENDENCE – We like to think that we can go wherever, whenever we’d like, but our destiny is in God’s hands.
  • Falling with my daughter: FALLIBILITY – While it offends my pride – I’m not Superman! In my own strength I can and will let my family down.

In all these things the ugly presence of sin in my life has been brutally laid bare. However, I have also seen the beauty of God’s grace in a fresh way too! Without Him I have nothing. With Him I truly have all I need.

To some this might have been considered a week from hell. However, God has been so present and so kind in the midst of it that I would argue that it’s actually a week from heaven. That’s the awesome thing about the gospel – it takes difficult, dark and desperate situations and totally transforms them for the glory of God.

I end this week humbled and weak, but also joyful and grateful for grace.

“[Jesus] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
(2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV)

15 thoughts on “A week from hell…or was it heaven?

  1. That’s grrrreeeat (Tony Tiger), God loves us and shows us His love by tourmenting us so we can see His Glory???

    Optimism on cocaine! I love your optimism Dai and ability to see the glass half full in such dark days. Hope your dog doesn’t have to suffer too much I know how gut renching it is for you now. I’ll pray to all the Gods & Godess’s I know for him just to be sure ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Dai, a difficult period for you all, noted you are not doubting your faith. You have had the break downs, i.e car/roof/washing machine/foot,(well all most) so now its a time to build up…..ecclesiastes 3-3.
    Put your burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain you….psalm.. 55-22

  3. Thanks Al and Sammy for the encouragement.

    Gman – I love your phrase “optimism on cocaine” gonna shamelessly pilfer that for a sermon or a book if that’s OK!! Appreciate your empathy regarding the dog too. Feel free to pray to whatever gods, goddesses, goblins and gremlins you like – they ain’t gonna answer you though bruv. Me, I’ll stick with the One I’ve got – He’s real, He works and He fills my cup til it’s overflowing.

    Blessinz guys.

  4. Go ahead Dai, just make sure you reference it otherwise it’s plagiarism. As for the Gods thing I’m covering all angles for you bruv. As much as anyone loves the idea of actually knowing that their God/s are real we can never actually know while being alive, hence “faith”. We can only hope we chose the right one/s by what we observe in the world, but then again what we observe is based on how we perceive in the world and what those perceptions are based on. So as much as you “knowing” your God is real, that’s not technically right. So anyways I know I’m right about your God for the same reasons your right about the reality of any other god/s. But to be sure the logical thing to do if prayer is all we can do for someone is to pray to who ever might be listening. Don’t forget that reference or I’ll sue you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    P.S. I don’t think Gremlins can listen to peoples thoughts.

  5. An optimism on cocaine.
    Optimism, that only good not bad things Will occur, can lead to hope, and hope to happiness.
    Optimism that you are one of them..many are called few are chosen..matt 22-14.
    Hope..we are saved by hope…rom 8-24.
    Happiness…who trusts in the Lord happy is he…proverbs..16-20.
    Cocaine claimed to give pleasure…he that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man…proverbs 21-17.

  6. So Al, a man who has pleasure from Gods glory, will be a poor man??? Dai obviously has gained pleasure in the face adversity, hence “a week from Heaven” so are you claiming that he too will be a “poor man”. It was just a tounge & check comment mate try not to delve too much into it. It is merely an ephasise on Dia’s optimism.

  7. (quote a man who has pleasure from Gods glory,will be a poor man unquote,)
    Anyone who has read the scripture would understand bible quotations.
    I was 10 years old when the Gideons gave me with a new testament, i have read the bible many times, also read parts of the Koren.
    The quote i used can from the book of ecclesiastes, there is no proof to the author while most say it was King Solomon as you know said to be a very wise man.
    The book explains probs in seeking out worldy happiness & pleasures.
    When i surveyed all that my hands had done and what i had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind, nothing was gained under the sun…ecclesiastles 2-11,….whoever loves money never has enough money, whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income,both are meaningless…5-10.
    As i have stated i do believe in a Superior Being the creator of the all things, reading the bible don’t mean i am a dedicated christian like Dai, or my wife and family. The Koran accepts Jesus was a prophet and a messenger from God, as i do.
    In the last 27 years or so i have been to a church meeting twice, Hill City, and may go this week they are reviewing old Mosses one of my fav topics. You should try reading the bible some great stories lots about old Nick, you seem to like dogs read St Francis of Assisi a rich man merchants son who gave it all away to walk in the moccasins of Jesus. Hope that explains my quotation

  8. I was raised a Catholic, in schools and home, and have read the bible in my past. However I don’t recall all the books and I dont read it to any level for the same reasons I don’t read any other religious text. That’s not to say I have no interest in religion or what their messages are.

    Al, it is refreshing to see someone provide substance to their statements. You have cleared it up but I think you looked into too deeply.

  9. Dai you I thought of Job when I read your blog!! Always good to use adversity to examine our character and standing with God. Hope everything works out with insurance. God bless John.

  10. Hey Dai, I seen quote the other day and seeing the news about the condition of your dog which reminded me, it says “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” I know nothing can help, but it is pretty much how I have always delt with any lose in my life. I can’t remember where I original heared it all those moons ago. I guess it’s always easier said than done.

  11. Gman

    Thanks for that quote bruv – it’s good and spot-on for where I’m at with my dog right now. Hate seeing him suffer but not how I’m gonna remember him – got years of buzzin memories with him. Ultimately I’m definitely gonna smile cos it happened!

    Peace

  12. It is off topic, but just picked up on it, so a short reply…evolution theory/ big bang.
    Think all things change over the years we all have hereditary genes past down, and many species have become extinct, but there must be 1000s that we don’t know. Some believe that there was a huge explosion over 13 bilions years ago,the start of space ect as we know it today, before that it was a dense state and very hot(sounds like hell)…Hell has enlarged herself,and opened the mouth without measure.Isa..5-14…Many people don’t like to deal with the unknown,and lots of us think that there is creator and ruler of the universe is a logical theory and may be true, well i think so.

  13. Nothing personal fellas, I’ve deleted a few of the latest comments and closed the post as things were getting a bit off topic. I agree with Al that this isn’t the right place for this debate. The initial post was about clinging to Christ in the midst of adversity, yet somehow it ended up with quantum physics!! I’ve got no issue with debate/banter etc on here, but wonder whether this conversation might be better suited to emails between yourselves rather than here on the Rant (though it does make my ‘comments per post’ stats look very healthy! LOL!!)

    Blessinz…

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