Leaving It All Behind
“Da Queen Bee”
Evangelist Angie BEE
I live in Daytona Beach Florida and we are blessed to now have Spring weather. The rain is falling and the flowers are blooming. Even my cactus has baby buds sprouting on them!
The winter weather is behind us and we look forward to Spring Breakers and Bikers arriving in our city.
The new season also means a new evaluation of my wardrobe. My husband and I are packing away the winter hats and coats and pulling out the spring dresses and shorts. This also means that I need to go shopping, as some of my dresses appear to have shrunk while they were packed away #Curves
Over the weekend I was reflecting upon the goodness of the Lord in that he forced me to leave some things behind. When my children were aged 3 and 1, we were all involved in a head-on collision with an 18-wheel tractor trailer. I nearly lost my leg and I was in a wheelchair for nearly two years.
A week after the accident, my mother flew to Georgia and packed up our apartment in to a storage area and flew us to Michigan in order to care for us.
The injury attorney told me not to worry about anything and concentrate on healing.
A few months later, I called the storage area to make arrangements to send my friend to retrieve my daughter’s baby pictures and send them to me.
I especially wanted my one-year old’s newborn pictures taken on the day of her birth. The representative on the phone put me on hold, checked my storage container and returned to the phone with an update.
She said that my storage container had been sold at auction a few days earlier. They had received no response from the mail they sent to my Georgia address and did not know that I was in Michigan.
I was devastated.
Completely distraught. I just can’t explain it…
Years ago while I was in the initial diagnosis of mental illness, my then teenage daughters and I were evicted from our apartment.
I had been hospitalized for attempted suicide and on the day I was released, the Sheriff came to the door. Some dear friends rented us a moving truck to put our items in storage and my daughters and I moved in to a local hotel.
Everything we had was in that storage area… and a few months later, our items were sold at auction.
I had to choose between getting us out of the hotel, or paying the storage bill.
I left the old stuff behind and had faith that God would restore us with what we needed.
Luke 5:11 teaches us “So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him”. When I read that scripture, I could see that they left everything behind.
At first, I didn’t see the connection as I thought to myself “those men voluntarily left everything behind to follow Christ”.
But then, God showed me the connection. It doesn’t matter if you voluntarily leave it behind, or if it is snatched from your hand… you MUST leave the old behind!
Leave the old painful memories behind!
Leave the old regret behind!
Remove those old habits and faults
behind and reach towards something new!
Pull up your boat and wait for the Lord
to fill it up with something new and watch
to see how He blesses your life.
I can’t believe how God has now blessed me now!
I have three closets FULL of clothing.
I have racks of shoes and purses and drawers of hats and wigs.
I have more makeup now than what I had when I was selling it and I have more gold and costume jewelry than I know what do to with.
My husband furnished his home so adequately that when we married, I couldn’t think of a thing to add!
We have multiple couches, tables, dishes, linens, appliances…the list goes on!
We could probably furnish a second home with the stuff in our garage alone!
Don’t wait for God to shrink your clothes in the closet before you go shopping for something new. Take the old items and bless someone with them!
Don’t grieve over a loss that you had no control over.
Learn something new by pulling up your boat and get ready to leave it behind because Christ is worth following!
Evangelist Angie BEE
Author, Producer, Promoter and
Servant of the Lord
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