I was talking to my girlfriend when the Lord showed me something thru the very words I said to her. “We have been high on the hog and we have been low in the mud. What I learned to do while in the mud, was to take a mud bath and refresh my skin.”
We can loose faith in hard times. So many things beat us down in our mind; the enemy, our circumstances, family members, friends, strangers and the list goes on. So when we find people who are encouraging, it’s a real gift. I appreciate the family and friends I have. Sometimes, I just can’t stand without their help. Too many times, we are told encouraging words by well meaning saints; we’re expected to liven up, forge up and forget the sorrows. To recognizing God’s Word is truth. Well, I don’t know if you have noticed, but I have. It’s not like that!
Growing into our faith walk with Christ is a journey of many experiences. Experiences He permits into our lives. When I think about this, the man from the Old Testament named Job comes to mind. Satan stands before God, accusing Job of being a fake worshiper. “He won’t worship You when he isn’t blessed and protected by your hand”, said Satan. Remember what God did? He gave Satan permission to bring a limited attack upon Job. The story ends great. Job never gave up on God and God does know, He does plan and He gives permission for all things to come into our lives. Nothing is a surprise.
Briefly, I want to share with you the life changing events that started 9 years ago. With a bird’s eye view, you will see the difficulties. We are still watching and waiting to see what God is doing. If it’s ok with you, bullet form might be best. It just seems simple and easy.
•Refinanced house, falsified documents and Loan Company closed doors. - Unresolved
•Serious medical problems for me 2005. - Resolving
•A separation from an unhealthy relationships with family. 2006 – Unresolved
•Eric has job loss. - Resolved
•Economy took a dive in 2005, our homes slipped into foreclosure. – Unresolved
•Marital Problems began 2006 – Resolving 2009
•Huge debt accumulated. - Unresolved
•November 2008 Eric has 2nd job loss, still unemployed. - Unresolved
•January 13 2009 son had disabling car accident, shattering both legs – Resolving
•January 14 2009 I was due to leave my marriage for a new life – Resolving and staying
•February 2009, daughter pregnant and sick – Resolving and baby is healthy
•March 2009, started lawsuit to try and keep house. - Unresolved
•April 2009, husband gets sick, vomiting, passing out, coughing. Trips to ER – Unresolved
•June, husband diagnosed with diabetes – Unresolved, being watched. Still coughing and vomitning.
•Life changing diet lasting a year or more for me due to the Yeast medical condition. – Unresolved
•July 2009 Bank illegally sold our loan to investment co. Lawsuit became risky. Accepted cash for keys. Had 1 week to move out, find another place to live.
I know you must have questions running through your mind about these events. They are huge. I didn’t know if I should share the details with you. Not because I didn’t want to, I just didn’t know if it would hold your interest. Each one of these events though, has been a tough, heart wrenching ordeal.
Before all that started, we had good job, a nice income, owned 5 homes and had nice cars. We had it all. We knew what it felt like to live high on the hog. Today, we are in the mud; Jobless (there goes medical), moneyless and status-less. Look how God provided though, because of our son’s accident, we found out that there is a free medical offered to the poor. (That feels weird to say. Laughing!) God reminds us that He takes care of our needs. To the Israelis, God said, “remember when I took you through the desert those 40 years? You were not wanting for anything. Even the soles of your shoes didn’t wear out.”
It’s that medical we used for Eric when I had to call 911 a month ago. I couldn’t get him to stop vomiting. That was a scary but interesting night, because God met me later. This night was part of that journey that changed my faith walk.
We arrived at the ER by ambulance. During the ride the EMT's had stabilized Eric, so the hospital staff asked us to wait out in the waiting room. Confused and furious I asked for a manager to complain. It did no good. I have never heard of a patient arriving by ambulance, being asked to get off the gurney and wait in the waiting room.
Well, 5 hours later, we were called into a room. Eric got up on the bed, and I sat to fume on the only uncomfortable chair in the room. It was then God spoke to me. He said, “Veronica, you have experienced good living, great medical and good treatment. Now let yourself experience the opposite side of the spectrum.” I understood what He was asking from me and accepted it with humility. I grabbed a blanket to lie out on the floor and without delay, fell asleep until the doctor came in 4 hours later.
I can see some of what God is doing. I can see and feel the changes happening in my heart. It’s amazing the things we expect from God. We don’t realize or want to acknowledge the vast span of expectations we have. We read and quote scripture saying that God blesses His children and understand those blessing should not be materialistic. But in actuality, we don’t want to receive it and it’s a lie from Satan. His lies separate us from Christ. We become disenchanted with Him and that’s not at all what God wants.
The truth is, God is good when we are poor. God is good when we are sick. God is good when we have and when we don’t. He is good all the time, no matter what.
In your tragedies, look for someone who can keep you grounded in God, protected and uplifted. Let yourself move and flow with the events God is sending your way. Get rid of all expectations. Allow God to take you on a journey that will change you forever.
Why Take a Mud Bath?
The most proven reason to take a mud bath is that it's relaxing. Being cocooned and buoyed up in the warm, soft mixture simply sucks all the stress out. The temperature makes you perspire, which cleans the pores. Health benefits are not proven, but a mud bath is claimed to improve the complexion, relieve joint and muscle pain and remove toxins.
Isn't it an interesting thought, that when God gets us in the mud, it's for our health? Go ahead and laugh. I thought it was funny too. I left you the link incase you are interested in soaking in the mud. "grins"