We’ve heard the saying, “Innocent before proven guilty.” But in today’s society we tend to have the saying, “Guilty before proven innocent.” Because many of us have this mindset, we don’t allow opportunities to manifest into blessings because “it’s too good to be true.” We lean towards the latter quote above instead of giving chances.
We recently spent three days camping with a group of perfect strangers other than our family of 4, we knew only one person. The experience shed so much light in my life and I wanted to share it with you. Doors were opened due to the obedience of individuals.
My husband’s co-worker was visiting their family in NY. We decided to meet up with them for a day. We had a wonderful dinner in the Bronx and enjoyed each other’s company. The night started to get late but we were asked if we wanted to meet more relatives. In my mind, I was saying, “I’m really tired, we have a three hour ride home, my husband has to be up to work in the morning, and my son’s first day of school was the next day.” As quick as those thoughts entered my mind, they left because the Lord started to put peace in my heart.
As we were visiting, we had a conversation with someone and they mentioned that they were planning to camp the coming weekend. I recall saying to myself, “I would love to go camping in the summer.” In the past, we’ve gone camping with others in May and September, but never ventured out on our own during warmer months. Again, it was a thought that came and went.
Overall, we had a very nice visit with everyone. They were very humble, warm, and hospitable. One particular uncle just loves to talk but we could tell he was genuine. We were served my husband’s favorite Costa Rican drink and were feeling right at home and talking about the country. When he goes to Costa Rica, he’s in heaven; the life is so different there and the people don’t have much but are proud and humble for what they have. It doesn’t take much to please them and are very grateful individuals. I started to think how, in America, we are driven by material, success, and money but there are so many people unhappy, stressed, and sick. These individuals don’t have much, materially, but their drive for love and family plays a big part of their life. They seem joyful and at peace. I couldn’t tell you if they have the Lord in their life or if they are regular church goers, but one thing I can say is that they have characteristics of what the Lord looks for in individuals.
By the middle of the week, my husband received a phone call from his co-worker inviting us to go camping with their family. We discussed it and decided to take the trip to the Upstate NY area.
Then I said to myself, “I forgot to pray about this!” I immediately went into prayer and the Lord immediately responded. When our relationship with the Lord is close, He will trust us to make decisions. This means that we don’t have to run to Him with everything. If we think about how our parents are with us when we’re children, we rely on them for everything. But as we grow up, they give us more independence and allow us to make decisions that normally they would have done for us when we were younger. Our Father in Heaven does the same thing. He made an opportunity available for us and we walked through it. Just as the Holy Trinity is three in one, I believe we need to be in alignment just as the Trinity is.
We packed our bags and were all excited about the camping trip. The weekend was full of family closeness. Even though we weren’t biologically their family, we were definitely treated like one of them. It put me in such a mindset of how our Father wants us to be like family even to strangers. Then the Lord spoke and said, “Who are the true Christians? One who have the right ingredients but are not church goers or those who are church goers and have all the wrong ingredients?” HHMM!!!!
We left the camping weekend with new-found friends. But wait…. This is not the end of the story! My husband’s co-worker later told him that there was some hesitation of asking us to camp with them because they weren’t sure if we liked camping or was it even our forte but something made her ask. Sure enough, we accepted. She was surprised to see us there. The Lord is so good. He will use anyone to move His children to new levels in life. As the Lord revealed to me that we would spend more time with this family, we know that He has opened up a door of opportunity for a purpose. We walked through it and are honored to do whatever the Lord has in store for us.
I always tell individuals not to close doors unless the Lord specifically tells you to. Leave a crack open because we NEVER know how God is working. I’m a true believer that He will move in all areas of our life. Even the toughest situation, the Lord WILL turn it around for HIS goodness. AND His goodness is your goodness.
Be flexible and open-minded to new things in life. If the Lord is speaking it, He will protect you all the way through it.
Philippians 2:1-8 (AMP)
1If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.