Ten Reasons Why Jesus Understands.
Hebrews 4:15 bothered me for years. It says: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet without sin.” I know about Jesus’ suffering, how he was beaten and forced to wear a crown of thorns; how they nailed him to a wooden cross by his hands and feet and left him there to die. That would be the ultimate definition of suffering. And if I were being crucified, I know Jesus could relate, but what about the things we go through in life? Like when I got divorced, I wondered…can Jesus relate to my suffering? Getting a divorce is not something Jesus ever did. He was never married to a woman. So how on God’s green earth can Jesus relate to someone getting divorced?
Trial Run #2 – Peace vs. Anxiety
For the beginning of our RV living journal, go here to read previous articles.
The journey to RV living continues as we contemplate selling our sticks and “Austin stone” house and living full time in a 36′ fifth wheel. I’ve read tons of articles by people who live full-time in their RV and the overwhelming opinion is that RV living is heaven on earth, but there is nothing as truth-telling as a personal experience. Now that I’ve had a few days to process our time, I came up with some pros and cons that will have to be considered.
Is RV living all it’s cracked up to be? We stayed in our RV parked on our property for a total of 8 days. The first 2-day trial run was cut short when the hot water heater went out. We made repairs and this time around definitely gave us a better idea of what it’s like to live in an RV. It is roughly 320 square feet compared to our home of 1576, so the RV is approximately one-fifth of the space we normally stretch out in. Wow!
After this stay, I received some revealing spiritual truth that had an impact on our decision-making process. It involves God’s timing and trusting Him. I will talk about that at the end.
Blessed To Be A Blessing
Proverbs 11:24-25 – “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer…Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” In other words, pay it forward and you will be blessed even more.
Yesterday, I had the cutest thing happen to me. I was standing in the cheese aisle at the grocery store when a man came up to me with his phone in hand and in a strong African country accent, he asked me if I could help. He showed me a text message from his friend that listed the ingredients for what I think was Chicken Spaghetti. It said, “Big can of cream of chicken, a can of rotel, chicken, shredded cheese and Velveeta.” Must have been a man writing…
His wife was standing next to him with their buggy that held 3 pkgs of spaghetti noodles. His question was what kind of cheese to get.
By the time it was said and done, I had to tell them how to cook it from start to finish. I explained what temperature for the oven, how long to cook it, what Rotel tomatoes were and where to find them, what Velveeta was, etc. They thanked me profusely and went to find the Rotel. As I approached the self-check out, there they were checking out with all the ingredients. I asked where they were from and she proudly answered, “We are from Nigeria.” I loved on them, told them welcome to our country, and God bless you!! They just smiled and thanked me again, saying God bless you, too!
Shopping in a foreign country
I remember what it feels like to be in a strange country. You can’t recognize food products. The labels are in another language and you have to depend on the picture to tell you what something is. Here was an opportunity to pass on all the help I’ve received over the years from total strangers. And you know what? It made me feel all gooey inside to be nice and helpful. I have to remember that sometimes! God has blessed my life so abundantly. I can take what I have received and pay it forward. As I do, God blesses me more and I am sufficiently watered. Blessed to be a blessing. You just can’t out give God!
So go out into your world today and pay those blessings forward!