Today was a difficult day to buy cars for me. (And everyone please shout aaawwwhhh). Too high prices, too many buyers and not enough of the vehicles I needed. I just didn't feel right, some days are like that, you feel like an alien landing in the middle of another planet. That was the beginning of my day, so I decided to go eat lunch in the cafeteria afterward.
I usually eat alone but when I got my salad (yes, eating healthy), I saw a man I knew from a leasing company and sat down with him. I asked him to pardon me while I prayed. After doing so, he asked me, "You are a minister aren't you?" Flattered but humble I went into my talk about where I came from (the addictive background) and what we do at ATB and how all that tied into today. He probably wished he didn't ask I thought but before I knew it he began to share his faith conversion, 20 years clean time, and how at 53 he and his wife had adopted a 3 and 7 year old to raise. He shared the challenges of teaching them about the Lord when their backgrounds were from such dysfunctional families.
We had a great conversation, agreed to meet again for lunch, and when I walked out of that cafe, there was a little spring in my step that had been missing from that disappointing morning. So, I decided to go to a second auction where I had some success and am wrapping up my day in Lakeland, FL soon to be visiting Red Lobster for the all you can eat shrimp night. Not a bad finish to a day that started badly.
You know, God is like that. If we take the time to talk about him, honor him, something good usually happens next, right away. I am not saying we do this for a blessing, I am saying we do this to spread the blessing. And, the Lord in his can't help it but be generous personality, wants to confirm our moment of faith, as if to say, I see you Glenn, and you did what I wanted despite not feeling like it.
Remember the fishermen who had no catch, and then Jesus told them to cast out their nets again, in faith. What did they catch by being obedient? How about the man who he asked, "Do you want to get well?" And when he believed in faith, he walked as never before. God always honors us when we honor him by faith.
Tomorrow is another day, another auction in my travels this week, but even if it turns out poorly, there may be another hidden blessing right around the corner! Now about that Red Lobster, that's my catch for today.......
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.