Have you ever thought about who a thief is? Why steal? When and how does a thief steal?
My car was stolen 9 years ago, straight out of my driveway. My mind was flooded with questions about who would have the nerve to take my car from my driveway? Who would be so bold and mean to take what was not theirs to take?
A thief will steal because they do not respect or fear anyone. In this situation, he found my keys in a purse that was stolen the week prior and came back to steal the car. He clicked the spare FAB, and, boom, my car was gone.
It was in the wee hours of the morning when everyone was asleep. That’s how a thief operates.
I was in shock. Then, suddenly, I remembered my car had the option to have an On-star feature. I opted out, but I called On-star and told them my car was stolen. I asked that they turn it on just so police could find my car. Guess what? They did and they found my car 50 miles away. I got my car back and it was a mess, it smelled and was gross.
This is how the enemy of our souls works. He is deliberate, mean spirited, shrewd and works in silence.
The bible tells us in John 10:10 that "the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy." Then it goes on to say, "but I have come that they may have life and have it to the full."
One verse, two defined spirits.
The role of the deceiver, the thief, Satan and the role of our Savior, Father, Redeemer, Deliverer, Healer, Provider and the King of Kings.
You and I have been lied to, or laughed at, hurt mentally, physically or emotionally, maybe even abandoned by people.
I know my past was never what I imagined for myself as I married my first love; but I did so in disobedience. I suffered and eventually divorced him. The enemy stole my mind, killed my spirit, and destroyed my self-worth.
I entered a new life, living as a single mom. After a period of rebellion and self-condemnation; fear and shame, I sat in my room and cried out to God, “Where are you? What happened to me?”. The only verse I could recall at that moment was Isaiah 40:8
“The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of God endures forever”.
I literally felt a warm presence, a beautiful blanket of grace over me. God reminded me of how generous and faithful He is. He held me in grace as I cried my heart out. I confessed my sin, rededicated and surrendered my life to Christ. It’s all because of God’s grace that my future has been nothing like my past.
You see, my car was stolen and made a mess, but it was found.
My heart was stolen, and my life was made a mess but as soon as I recalled the only verse I could mutter; God met me there and has held me together every day since.
Next month I will celebrate 30 years married to a man that God sent my way. A man that has loved me for who I am in Christ.
Ladies, sisters, friend; You are worthy of God's best.
Do not be in a hurry for anything other than connecting with the almighty, God, our Creator. He loves us more than we will ever fathom. He has great things in store for us, His daughters.
May God be glorified forever!