There are times in my life that I’ve encountered so much OPPOSITION! I’ve struggled, strained and wondered what all the junk was about anyway! Sometimes I’ve wanted to quit, and other times I actually have.
You know it’s the extreme PRESSURE over a long period of time that turns a dirty hunk of coal into a beautiful diamond. It’s the pressure that makes it sought after… so valuable that people want it.
I wonder if it’s the pressure in our lives that actually makes US more valuable.
We outran a hurricane!
My husband, David, and I were in Jamaica for our 15th wedding anniversary when the forecasters warned about a tropical storm that was headed our direction. It wasn’t supposed to hit until Wednesday night and we were flying out Wednesday at noon, so we didn’t think it would be a problem.
I prayed and asked God to hold the weather off until we got out, so that we could enjoy a little vacation. Sitting at breakfast Tuesday morning, I prayed again in faith, asking God to continue the nice weather He had given us.
Then suddenly it came up in my spirit, “Get out of there… NOW!!!”
Immediately, I called our son, Austin, back in the states and asked him to find us a flight OUT of Jamaica. We were due to be at an important meeting across the country on Thursday that we just couldn’t miss.
From that very first phone call, we encountered extreme OPPOSITION. At first, Austin was busy and he was just going to wait and help us later in the day.
I had to explain to him that when you’re dealing with hurricanes and international flights… minutes count! We could miss this flight by putting it off until later. It took a STRONG conversation on my part to finally make it happen.
When I hung up the phone, we had exactly 80 minutes before our flight left. I was still in my swimsuit at the resort, not even in my room, not packed and still a good 20 minutes away from the airport. (They recommend you arrive 2 to 3 hours early for an international flight.)
Not so fast!
I ran up to our room and realized that I didn’t have my room key. David had stopped off in the lobby to get something, so I began dancing around wishing he would hurry up.
When he got there, he jumped in the shower. But I was freaking out and just threw everything in our suitcases. I didn’t even shower and we were out of that room in less than five minutes.
As we tried to leave the hotel, no taxi would take us because we didn’t have a checkout slip from the hotel. So we had to go back and hassle with the hotel to get them to check us out in a hurry. When we finally got out to the taxi again, they hadn’t even started loading our bags yet. Are you kidding me?
We gave the taxi driver a generous tip to FLOOR IT and get us to the airport, which he did! Thank you Jesus! It seemed this one thing wasn’t working against us!
When we got to the airline desk we were hoping to have tickets reserved, but nothing had been purchased yet. There were two men standing next to us at the ticket counter, arguing about how they wanted to leave. The clerk told them plainly, there were NO MORE TICKETS!
We were convinced that we had gotten there too late and they had given our seats away. How amazed we were when we gave them our names and, lo and behold, we got the LAST TWO TICKETS out of Jamaica before the hurricane hit!!!
We watched the news reports as Sandy turned from a tropical storm into a SUPER HURRICANE threatening the entire East Coast of the United States. I know what it feels like to be under PRESSURE and how listening to God and your spirit can deliver you from a bad situation.
“The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army…” Habakkuk 3:19 (AMP)
Blessing in Disguise
At the time, it seemed tough fighting the OPPOSITION just to get on that flight. Now I can see that it was really a BLESSING to be able to get out before the brunt of the storm hit and locked everything down. It’s funny how often great PRESSURE and opposition PRECEDE bizarre blessing.
“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors.
So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” James 1:2-4 (MSG)
Sometimes it’s not the pressure of what you endure, but the blessing of what you miss. Learn to love the PRESSURE, and see it as a sign that it will make you shine like the DIAMOND you are!
Share your struggles.
What great moments of PRESSURE have you faced? How did having faith in God help you overcome the OPPOSITION?