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When It Rains....

Brian Heise had some really bad luck one July, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica 1982 Yearbook, under its "Strange and Unusual Events" heading.

His apartment in Provo, Utah, flooded from a broken pipe upstairs. When he went out to rent a water vacuum, he discovered that his car had a flat tire. After changing it, he went inside to phone a friend—but got such an electric shock from the phone that he ripped it from the wall.

A neighbor had to kick his door down to get him out of his apartment again—because now it was jammed so tight from the water damage.

While all this was happening, someone stole his car. It was almost out of gas, however, so he found it a few blocks away—and had to push it to the gas station. That night, attending a military ceremony, he severely injured himself—he sat on his bayonet which had been tossed on the front seat of his car.

The doctors were able to stitch him up. But back at the apartment no one was able to help his canaries—they were crushed to death by falling plaster. Brian slipped on the bad carpet, and badly injured his tailbone.

He began to wonder, he said, if "God wanted me dead, but just kept missing."

Suggested applications:

  • We live in a fallen world where trouble happens. "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33
  • When we’re experiencing difficulties, we can doubt God’s care. But the Bible assures us that God has a good plan in mind for us. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

    Reference: Rick Warren, God’s Power to Change Your Life (Zondervan, 2006), pp. 103-104

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    One way God disciplines his children is by allowing troubles in their lives (Hebrews 12:7).

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