Have you ever heard that saying about the silk purse and the sow’s ear? It was one of my grandmother’s favorites. It generally had to do with a young man, or lady, that seemed unsuitable to date, I, however, think it applies to situations in life that seem impossible, too bad to turn around, just plain bad!
When I am in a bad situation, I try to think about what could be the worse thing to happen. Sometimes it already has and I feel that I need to “wrap myself in the rags of my life and lay it at the cross”! All through the Bible we see stories where a good solution seemed impossible. Look at the Children of Israel caught between the Pharaoh and the Sea, but God opened the water for them to walk across on dry land, and the enemy couldn’t follow because, they drowned! Daniel was in the Lion’s Den and God shut the mouth of the lion! So many examples, such as we find in Genesis 50:20 “You meant to hurt me, but God turned your evil into good to save the lives of many people, which is being done.” These were the words that Joseph spoke to his brothers after the death of their father. They were afraid that, now that Joseph didn’t have to worry about upsetting his dad by killing them, he would just go ahead and do them in! After all, they had sold him into slavery, sending his special “coat of many colors” (they were so jealous of Joseph, his dreams and his special coat, a gift from their father) back to their dad soaked in the blood of an animal so that it would seem that he had been killed! Yes this was a very evil deed that they did, but God…or should I say…BUT GOD…saw and intervened in their evil plans! Joseph became the ruler in Egypt, under the Pharaoh, and when his family’s country was in a terrible famine, he was able to feed them! Now you may say, “Did God cause them to do that, and Joseph have to suffer jail and embarrassment so that he would have the way to save his family?” The answer to that would be a resounding NO! God does not work that way! If that had not happened then He would have used another tool, point is that they would have been saved, but it would have been by another method. God is aware of us all and knows what is happening in our life. Zechariah 4:10 says that God’s eyes run to and fro through the whole earth! So we have that assurance, He KNOWS!
Having that confidence then we know that if something bad DOES go wrong, that even if Satan ( or the agent of Satan i.e. the person you work with, the unruly, hateful relative or neighbor) does something terrible, or if you have some accident, always look for the good that may come out of it. Remember the boy who always looked for the best, and was always happy! His friends got tired of his eternal optimism and decided to pull a joke on him. He had wanted a pony since he was young and finally thought he was getting one! He was blindfolded and taken to a room in the barn for a surprise, with his blindfold off, the doors opened and it was a room full of MANURE! He was excited, found a shovel and started shoveling as hard as he could…”What are you doing? Why are you happy?” they could not believe that he was not upset! He cheerfully answered, “With so much manure, there must be a pony in here somewhere!”
The moral of the story is this: If you find yourself with a room full of manure, get a shovel…there is a plan for your life and God can use anything that happens to bring you your pony, or turn that old sow’s ear into a silk purse!
I pray you are blessed and hey, buy a shovel it couldn’t hurt, should I add that to your Christmas wish list? Merry Christmas!