Since I took on the challenge of daily blogging for this month, I have invited a variety of folks to write guest blogs on their experiences with faith. Today, I am publishing the first of the guest blogs. Tomorrow, I will post a blog authored by me.
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When our children were young, we joined a local pool each summer. It was owned by people in the neighborhood, and was rather small, but we enjoyed the swimming lessons and parties they hosted. It cost $300 for three months of pleasure.
Then the pool went bankrupt in July and closed one month early. We didn’t get everything we had paid for, and felt ripped off.
My husband said we should sue, and while I felt the same emotion, I knew that just wasn’t going to work. The owners were just normal people like us. We couldn’t take food off their table.
So, instead, I dumped my feelings on God in prayer. I told him I just needed someone to vent on, and if he would just let me have my say, I would leave it up to Him about what to do. Then, I told him how I felt. They owed me a hundred dollars.
A few weeks later, my husband woke up one Saturday morning, and said something you will never hear him say again. “Let’s go garage saleing.” We headed out, and spent the morning looking around. Finally, we made it to a sale that had an attic fan, still in the box, brand new.
I had a secret desire for an attic fan. There were days when it would be really nice. I had priced them at the hardware store, and they ran about $150. That was a bit much for the budget, so I didn’t ask for one. It was a “someday thing.”
The man who owned our house before us had made the hole, with the intent of putting in a fan “someday”. These people had bought a fan, but never got around to making a hole. I saw the fan, and knew that “someday” had finally arrived.
We got the fan for $20. As we were walking away, I asked my husband if he recognized the people who sold it to us. They were stock holders in the pool. They were the people that owed us $100. God had found a way to even the score, and make things fair.
Some people think “vengeance is mine!” is an angry statement. I believe that it is a statement of ownership; that if we let God even the score, he will do a better job of it than we can.
About the Author:
Paula Hrbacek is a graduate of the University of Missouri with degrees in Journalism and Art, and from Pensacola Junior College with certification in elementary education. She's the author of five books, including “Stars Shine After Dark”, a sweet love story with mild love scenes and an underlying Christian message that all things are possible with faith, hope, and courage. ISBN 0-595-17387-X, available from Amazon and B&N as a paperback, Kindle and Nook, and “Day Camp In Hawaii”, a complete day camp program with original songs, skits, games, sports, crafts, art, geology, dance and other activities for grades 1-6. The program can be adapted for any type of summer camp, day camp, vacation Bible school, or summer school program. ISBN 9781475214406, available in paperback, Nook and Kindle.
Paula also writes two columns for The Examiner, a free online newspaper. Her children’s arts and crafts column offers art lesson plans and activities for youth groups and after school care programs. Her book review column features a variety of wholesome and inspirational fiction and nonfiction works.