Of course, we began to question the wisdom of searching for a hotel and wouldn't we rather be home in the morning, etc. But then we decided to focus on what God was doing. I needed rest. Perhaps I needed to move around a bit to avoid blood clots in my legs. Who knows? But, we found a very nice hotel. When the clerk heard our story and the fact that I was having surgery the next day, she gave us a discount. At the same time, the hotel was right across the street from a Wal-Mart Tire Service Center. The next morning, we had a brand new tire, bright sunshine for our leisurely commute, and the opportunity to reflect upon the goodness and grace of God as we drove straight to the hospital. Mission accomplished!

In your trial, you may be on a dark road. You may be momentarily weighed down, figuratively changing a tire. You may even get a little lost along the way. But, look to Christ! Tomorrow will be brighter. You may still need the surgery, but you can relax in that sunshine knowing that God is in control of all things and that He has a loving purpose for you. You may have 150 miles to go before you reach the goal of your trial, but you can reflect upon the goodness and grace of God along the way.

I found a poem that struck me. I do not know who wrote it, but I want to share it regardless:

He sat by the fire of seven-fold heat,
As He watched by the precious ore.
And closer He bent with a searching gaze
As He heated it more and more.
He knew He had ore that could stand the test
And He wanted the finest gold,
To mold as a crown for the King to wear,
Set with gems of price untold.
So He laid our gold in the burning fire,
Though we fain would have said Him, "Nay."
And He watched the dross that we had not seen,
As it melted and passed away.
And the gold grew brighter, and yet more bright
And our eyes were so dim with tears,
As we saw the fire, not the Master's hand,
And questioned with anxious fear.
Yet our gold shone out with a richer glow,
As it mirrored a Form above,
That bent o'er the fire, though unseen by us
With a look of infinite love.
Can we think that it pleases His loving heart
To cause a moment of pain?
Ah, no, but He saw through the present cross
The bliss of eternal gain.
So He waited there with a watchful eye,
With a love that is strong and sure,
And His gold did not suffer a bit more heat
Than was needed to make it pure!

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