Tuesday, March 4, 2008

God's Perfect Timing.............

Another email worth reading..........


The Perfect Mistake- Author unknown

My Mother's father worked as a carpenter..
On this particular day, he was building some crates for the clothes his church was sending to orphanages in China.


On his way home, he reached into his shirt pocket to find his glasses, but they were gone. When he mentally replayed his earlier actions, he realized what had happened; the glasses had slipped out of his pocket unnoticed and fallen into one of the crates, which he had nailed shut. His brand new glasses were heading for China!

The Great Depression was at its height and Grandpa had six children. He had spent $20 for those glasses that very morning. He was upset by the thought of having to buy another pair. "It's not fair," he told God as he drove home in frustration. "I've been very faithful in giving of my time and money to your work, and now this."

Months later, the director of the orphanage was on furlough in the United States. He wanted to visit all the churches that supported him in China, so he came to speak one Sunday at my grandfather's small church in Chicago.

The missionary began by thanking the people for their faithfulness in supporting the orphanage. "But most of all," he said, "I must thank you for the glasses you sent last year. You see, the Communists had just swept through the orphanage, destroying everything, including my glasses. I was desperate. Even if I had the money, there was simply no way of replacing those glasses. Along with not being able to see well, I experienced headaches every day, so my coworkers and I were much in prayer about this. Then your crates arrived. When my staff removed the covers, they found a pair of glasses lying on top. The missionary paused long enough to let his words sink in. Then, still gripped with the wonder of it all, he continued: "Folks, when I tried on the glasses, it was as though they had been custom made just for me! I want to thank you for being a part of that."

The people listened, happy for the miraculous glasses. But the missionary surely must have confused their church with another, they thought. There were no glasses on their list of items to be sent overseas.

But sitting quietly in the back, with tears streaming down his face, an ordinary carpenter realized the Master Carpenter had used him in an extraordinary way There are times we want to blame God instead of thanking him!

I have to remember this in these times of trial with my own family.

May GOD bless your week. Look for the perfect mistakes.

"People are like tea bags- - you have to put them in hot water before you know how strong they are."

Now "ain't" that just like God to do something like that????????

Peace is not the absence of trouble. Peace is the presence of God.




6 comments:

Cathy said...

That is so sweet, Betty. You get some great emails. :o) Thanks.

Mary said...

Betty,

What an awesome post! I just recently had a perfect mistake happen in my own life. It was something that at first I was upset about - something I thought was a mistake. Then it became obvious that this was indeed a perfect mistake.

I'm sorry I haven't been over lately. I've been down with a nasty bug since last Friday. I'm feeling better but still fatigue quickly.

Blessings,
Mary

jennifer said...

This was a wonderful post and a good reminder that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose! Jen

Judy said...

Thanks for sharing that e-mail. It was wonderful.

Hope said...

Such a great story, Betty, and definitely a lesson there for all of us! Thank you for sharing that.

Hugs,
Hope

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I love this story!

We are praising God for Joe's good report!!

Katherine