Yesterday my mind went to a dark place but God is great. I had gone down to the gym to get a quick workout. Every channel it seemed had bad news on it about the protests and rioting that are going on all over. I had looked out the window of the gym only to see people boarding up their windows frantically. I used to fight quite a bit and really enjoyed it when I was younger. Suddenly thoughts of violence started swarming through my head. I was thinking of all those people that were harming others trying to get their point across and anger had set in. All throughout my workout that’s all I could think about was stopping all this evil with more violence. I had left the gym and decided to stop at a store to purchase something to drink. As I was walking up to the door I saw a older Chevy pickup flatbed that would be perfect for my business, so I stopped and asked the guy how much his truck would be if he were to sell it. The man responded I’m not selling my truck, I need it for my business. So I asked what his business was and he told me he is almond grower. We got into a discussion about who he used for his pollination this last year and apparently he has a friend that is a honeybee broker and they charge quite a bit to get your bees through them. I ended up giving him my number for next year’s pollination and offered him a good deal to use me and my bees. It seemed like suddenly my mind had changed from evil thoughts to something good and positive. God had intervened and later told me to be praying for all the events that are occurring and that are going to happen. Praise God for that that he was able to snap me out of my stinking thinking. I don’t want to hurt or harm anyone but I also don’t want other people to get hurt through this process. Right now is the perfect time to be hitting our knees and praying for both sides. The people protesting need to be prayed for that their hearts will find a different resolution. And the people being protested on that they have God’s protection.
Published by Matthew, Karen, and God
Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives. View more posts