Life isn't always easy, and it's not always kind.
If you've read Life with Lynnie (LwL) for any length of time, you'll know that I've had a few problems. Well, okay. More than a few. But, a few that seem to have affected parts of my life, that I have barely mentioned.
I must say, not in some major way, like some of the trials I wrote about in my book Love Never Fails You... www.lynniebooks.blogspot.com But, problems, nonetheless.
Within the last 48 hours, I've been rather shocked! Nothing tragic. Nothing that is life-changing. But, shocking nevertheless. At least, to me!
For starters, I received an e-mail from a fellow Christian from my church. Never before, ever, ever, ever, have I received an e-mail asking me if I have any need for prayer. Wow!
You might not find this shocking, but it was to me! After all, I have worshipped at my church for over 18 years, now. And, this was truly another first in my life!
Why this person chose to do this at this time, is beyond me. Well, maybe not. While I haven't chosen to write about a trial in my life that concerns some fellow Christians, the ongoing problem is still alive and well. It may well be that God placed it on this person's heart to reach out in Christian love, even after all this time.
Another shocking thing happened. Yesterday, I received a letter from the person who heads up our bicycle committee, here in the apartment building where I live. And, a cheque was inclosed!
You may have read, in the past, that a few months after my husband died, I went to check on my bicycle and found it to be missing from the locked bike room. My intention had been to give my daughter my bike and give up the two (2) bike spaces we had rented. To me, this was a sensible thing to do, since my knee problem was preventing me from being able to use it, anyway.
The committee people insisted that the two (2) bikes that were stored in my two (2) spots, belonged to me. I assured them, they did not. Well, I won't go into a long story here, but I did pay another two (2) years rental on the bike spaces.
Since I could not find a key to unlock the bikes, I made the decision to have my daughter's boyfriend cut the lock and take both bikes to my daughter's home. To everyone's shock, one of the bikes had been replaced with a brand new bike!
Once again, the committee insisted they were my bikes, when I knew they weren't. It seemed no one was concerned that my bike had been stolen, nor was there any concern that there weren't any empty spaces in the locked bicycle room. I knew that someone was using my spaces, at my expense.
I gave up the spaces and eventually, the committee found out who truly owned these bikes. This was close to a year ago.
Yesterday, I received a cheque to refund me the two (2) years space rental and extra to help cover the costs of the missing bike. Believe me, no one could pay enough to cover the cost of my missing bike, for it was the only gift I ever recall receiving (as an adult) from my dad. No amount of money, can ever replace it. Not even the token payment supplied. Even so, I am grateful for their efforts. Thank you.
In addition, I am grateful that the truth has come out. And, after much prayer, that those involved are finally realizing that allowing someone to be hurt is not the way to live their lives.
God told us in His Word, the Bible, that nothing will ever remain hidden. The truth will always come out. Read it for yourself in Luke 8:17.
One thing I am grateful for, is that in either case, I never became hateful or hardened my heart (Hebrews 3:8). Thank You, Lord!
Instead, I chose to be obedient to God's direction, as he told us in Matthew 5:44, "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to
them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you, and persecute
I may be wrong, but I truly feel like God is rewarding me for being obedient to Him. Thank You, Lord.
Until next time...
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