Belle's Musing - He Never Said It Would Be Easy
Pocket Full of Quarters Trek 2009 – Give ‘em Heaven
Belle’s Musings – He Never Said It Would Be Easy
By Belle Touchton The Missionary Dog
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Phil 4:13 NASU
Mommy chants. When things get hard, she chants, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” until she finally accomplishes the goal. All I can say is God must not have promised Mommy it would be easy to do all things.
This day was hard on Mommy. She reads a novel twice a day – during breakfast and just before bed. When she finishes at night, she lays her book down on the cushion and goes to sleep. When she woke this morning, the book was gone. Her breakfast sat getting cold as she tore apart the camper twice. Halleluiah isn’t that big so you would think finding a book would be easy. It wasn’t.
At one point she stopped chanting and said, “Belle, where is my book?”
I wanted to help but I didn’t know. It was as if Halleluiah had swallowed the book. When Mommy finally found it, she said, “Thank God.” It had fallen into the open dirty clothes bag laying on the floor beside the bed. She’d already looked there but somehow the book had managed to hide under some clothes. I like cold eggs but Mommy doesn’t.
It was also that day that Mommy dreads the most – time to dump Halleluiah’s holding tanks. Mommy has learned the hard way to do this before she showers. Poor Mommy - her sore knee meant she had to sit flat on the ground by the dump station. I could tell in one sniff what had been on that ground. This station was on an incline and our tank hangs low to the ground, which meant it was hard to get things to flow the right way.
“Why can’t anything be easy?” Mommy muttered.
A woman Mommy had ministered to the day before walked up while Mommy, wearing disposable gloves, was patiently manipulating the hoses to get Halleluiah completely empty. This woman’s two dogs went crazy when they saw me so we had a confusing moment.
What was God thinking to send Mommy an assignment while she was sitting on the ground, wearing ragged shorts and dumping Halleluiah? Mommy hadn’t had a shower or combed her hair. I think God has different priorities than Mommy.
This woman appreciated Mommy’s help and crocheted her a green doily. Mommy thanked her and they talked for a while about God. When this nice woman tried to give Mommy the dainty doily, Mommy held up her messy hands covered by torn gloves and asked if she would put the doily on Halleluiah’s seat. Mommy did all this without missing a beat empting Halleluiah.
The real trouble came when Mommy tried to put the hose back where it belonged. It just wouldn’t go in. Mommy started chanting again. It took her an hour but it finally clicked in. By this time, she’d given up trying to stay dry. At one point, Mommy almost went to crying but she sat up straight, chanted again, and kept trying.
When it finally clicked, Mommy muttered, “Thank God.” She stood up, threw away the demolished gloves, parked Halleluiah, and ran inside to shower. I wondered if she was going to throw away her clothes but she didn’t.
The amazing thing about this morning was that Mommy made her 12:15 meeting on time. I decided not to mention that Daddy could have emptied Halleluiah in 5 minutes. I’ll say this about my mommy. She’s not naturally good at some things and occasionally what she’s doing seems impossible but Mommy believes her Bible and hangs in there until it gets done. I suspect God wants Mommy to remember just how much she needs to depend on Him. Oh well, God never said things would be easy.
Cheryle M. Touchton is the Director of Pocket Full of Change Ministries. For more information or to schedule a speaker for an event, go to www.pocketfullofchange.org or call Gail Golden at 904 316-5462.
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