Wednesday, July 21, 2010

WFW: Showers of Blessing

"And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing. And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them. ... Thus shall they know that I the Lord their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord God."

Ezekiel 34:26-27 & 30 (KJV)

Bear had been having a rough couple of weeks. Celebration over the computer victory (finally getting back on the Net after a full month of computer glitches, breakdowns, and bugs) was short-lived. Because almost immediately, the Bearmobile broke.

Bear was driving home from a distant town one night, when it suddenly jerked a couple of times and stopped running completely.

Even so, Bear sent up many thanks to the Lord that she was only 20 miles away from the Den, and that the Bearmobile died right across the street from a mechanic's shop. And thanked the Lord also for a kind policeman who arranged to have it pushed across the street into the mechanic's parking lot. It seemed to be that all was going well, and she'd be back on the road soon, even though she had to abandon the Bearmobile there and get a ride home.

And she wasn't too worried about it, because she'd taken the Bearmobile in for a tuneup just a couple weeks before, and the man who worked on it said everything looked very good. He didn't think that the weird noise it was making was the engine. But felt it was more likely a twig or something caught near a belt, even though he couldn't track it down. Or something else minor. He told her to bring it back when the noise got louder, so he could hear more clearly where it was coming from, to make it more findable.

So she wasn't at all worried, initially, the night it broke.

But Bear got really sick off and on during much of the following week.

Plus, the mechanic (whose parking lot the Bearmobile was stuck in) was having some problems of his own that week, and couldn't get to it.

So at the end of a full week, still no Bearmobile.

Finally, (since that mechanic was still having problems and hadn't even started working on it yet) Bear took the Bearmobile key over to another mechanic a few blocks away. He cheerfully said it would be no problem to tow it over and get to work on it.

So Bear was temporarily encouraged again, although still getting pretty sick repetitively.

That was last Thursday evening though, many days ago now.

And still no Bearmobile.

It's been a week and a half since it broke, and Bear doesn't even yet know what's wrong with it or how much it will cost to fix (assuming it's fixable). Nor does she yet know when this current mechanic will actually start work on it.

Meanwhile, the nature and pattern of Bear's symptoms lately has caused her to be concerned that her overall health problem might be worsening.

Then, just when Bear was feeling the most stretched by these happenings, suddenly...

The above pictured "shower" of gifts poured in, all in one day.

Bear hadn't made it to the Post Office for a week, and the card, mug, and "Bear Country" button were all waiting for her there (gifts sent by two separate households of friends).

She felt so blessed and cheered by them, that she took their picture for this post.

And then, within just a few hours, a neighbor stopped by with all the fresh garden veggies and the cross bookmark and another gift.

The gifts were now from three separate households . . . That's when Bear knew that it wasn't only her friends who were kindly cheering her up, but the Lord also.

So she took another picture of the veggies and bookmark and inserted it into the first picture.

Bear thinks it's pretty incredible the way He provides a sign He's still with us when we most need it.

"... thus shall they know that I the Lord their God am with them ..."

And Bear is so thankful to kind friends and kind Lord for sending showers of sunshiny blessings on a cloudy day.

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Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

Ohhhh, what encouraging Bible verses, adorable photos (including your cute bears up top), and such a sweet devotional to encourage us all, for Word-Filled Wednesday! I'm praying with you for healing for you AND bearmobile!

deb said...

So glad you were showered with many blessings!!! You so inspire so many of us with your stories and scripture!!! Prayers are going up daily for you and the bear mobile!!! Love and a Big Bear Hug!!!!

Amanda said...

Beary good WFW lol. Bless you!

jo.attalife said...

God is so faithful in reaching to us with the specific things we need to lift us up, even while He's working to bring us the big blessings we want! Our God is a great, awesome God indeed.
And His Word stands forever.

Beth in NC said...

I'm glad you received some wonderful blessings in the midst of a trying week. I also pray you feel better!


Bobbi said...

I hope you are feeling 100 percent again soon! Thank you for another great story...and the good reminder to count our blessings!

Ozjane said...

And I join in thanking Bear that God the healer has His hand on her health and God the almighty has His hand hovering over that bearmobile.
Thank you Father that we and our concerns are in your tender care. Thank You for Your encouragement.

Joanne Sher said...

So glad for all the blessings you've been given in the midst of your trials. God is so good. Praying for you, my friend.
Happy WFW!

Joan said...

Bear, I love your writing. This cheered me up today!


Karen said...

Praising the Lord with you for these sweet blessings delivered by friends...He ALWAYS knows just what we need...

I hope your bearmobile is up and running soon...and that your body gets the healing touch it needs....

Denise said...

I love this.

Toia said...

Love it...such an encouraging WFW...Thanks for sharing!!!

Amydeanne said...

Great post! happy WFW!

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