The Joys of Relationship with the Lord

What an incredible week this has been. It all started on Tuesday. . . I was sharing the vision for A Cup of Devotion when the person I was speaking with asked, “What is a devotional?” Next thing I knew she requested two mugs. What a blessing!

I’ve been taking a Zoom class to learn how to build a business. To my surprise, in a one-on-one conversation with the instructor, I was told that he had intended to become a pastor many years ago. However, he had been burned by the church and went a different route. He did state that he appreciated my gentle nature in the class, never pushy, but of a solid faith.

Wednesday Tomo downloaded the Uber app as he is preparing to go to Saudi Arabia in a couple of days. He learned there is no public transportation but there is Uber. Thursday he watched a YouTube video to learn how to use the Uber app.

Friday we were in Eugene, about 45 minutes from home, when the dashboard on our car lit up at 6:45 pm. We stopped the car, then restarted it a couple times. The repair shop at the dealership was closed and the main sales floor was closing in 15 minutes. Not knowing what to do, I kept quiet and asked the Lord to direct Tomo. He drove to the dealership, not sure what to do. When he turned the key on, the car was dead as it could be. It could not have stopped at a better place.

The Lord had prepared Tomo for this event. He retrieved his phone and called Uber to come and get us. Amazing!

Saturday FedEx delivered a nice Harry & David gift box from Peak Internet to thank us for an interview we had done for them earlier this year. Now Tomo knew what gift he was taking to Saudi Arabia. 

Sunday morning the Lord provided tremendous insight on Isaiah 7:14 as I was writing about “Little Town of Bethlehem.” Did you know the background of this verse:

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. (Is. 7:14)

I’ll let you read the full story in the Little Town of Bethlehem devotional. What stood out to me is that God had sent Isaiah and his son, Shear-Jashub, whose name means “A remnant shall remain,” to warn the wicked King Ahaz not to join forces with his enemy, but to trust God to remove them from the land. Ahaz hears Isaiah’s prophecy: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel”, God with us. Ahaz refuses to seek direction from the Lord, he refuses to heed Isaiah’s message. God’s temple is destroyed, its treasuries relinquished to the enemy, his people and his kingdom desecrated. It looks as though the line of David, hope of Israel, will perish under this ungodly king. But Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled. God sent His Son, Immanuel.

Living life with our Savior is a refreshing journey. This week alone, He has provided an opportunity to share the love of Jesus with A Cup of Devotion, He prepared the way for the car to break down, he provided the gift for Tomo to take to Saudi Arabia, and He deepened my understanding of the well-known verse, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”

May you have a blessed week as you enter the Christmas week 2021.

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