Words of
Encouragement & Hope
Submitted by Willi Wheeler

Are You Stomping Your Feet
or Dancing?

I know this story has been on the internet and around a few times, but when it came to me last week and I read it again, it got me to thinking.  

A lot of things, as well as people and situations, have passed through my life. Some incredibly good and I wish might have stayed a little or a lot longer, while others that were pretty tough stayed longer than desired or appreciated. In retrospect, I wonder if in those tough times, did I spend my energies concentrated on the negative influence they were having on me, rather than trying to make the best of the situation or trying to make it better? Was I too busy stomping my feet and complaining, rather than letting God use me to put the steps together into a dance? Or was I covering my ears to drum out the discord in the ‘noise,’ rather than helping to clear the problem so I could enjoy the ‘music’ behind the noise?
The story that got me to thinking:

A pastor asked an older farmer, decked out in bib overalls,
to say grace for the morning breakfast.

"Lord, I hate buttermilk", the farmer began.

The visiting pastor opened one eye to glance at the farmer and
wonder where this was going.
The farmer loudly proclaimed, "Lord, I hate lard."

Now the pastor was growing concerned.

Without missing a beat, the farmer continued, "And Lord, you know I don't much care for raw white flour."

The pastor once again opened an eye to glance around the room
and saw that he wasn't the only one to feel uncomfortable.
Then the farmer added, "But Lord, when you mix them all together and bake them, I do love warm fresh biscuits.

So Lord, when things come up that we don't like, when life gets hard,
when we don't understand what you're saying to us, help us to just relax and wait until you are done mixing. It will probably be even better than biscuits.  Amen."

We don’t always understand a lot of things going on in the world today, but it’s not our job to understand God’s ways, but to trust Him.  He is doing the 'mixing,’ our job is to do the ‘stirring.’ We may not like the ‘process,’ but whatever the ending will be, we can trust God, that it will be part of His plan.

Stay strong in these difficult times and try dancing to the music God is putting in your heart. 

Proverbs 29:25: “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.”

Isaiah 26:3:  “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

John 16:33:   "In this world you will have trouble, but be brave. I have defeated the world!"

1 Corinthians 2:9:   “No eye has seen, nor ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him."

Hebrews 11:1:   "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

Read the verses to the hymn Trust & Obey, #467 if you have a hymn book. If not, the words are available on the Internet