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Lessons of the Past



When we moved to Virginia in 1998, EBay had just launched. Some friends from Texas came to visit us and during that visit they shared how they had started making some money selling items on this new website. Not long after their visit, I packed up the kids one day and went to a local auction. We arrived there late so I was not able to wander around and look through the boxes of items that were to be auctioned off. Instead, the kids and I stood at the back of the crowd and watched them auction off the items from the bottom of the small hill we were standing on. After being there for a while, they started auctioning off a box of sheet music. I had no idea what was inside, but figured if it was piano music and maybe someday we could use it. No one was interested in the box, so I bid and got a box of unknown music for a dollar!


To my excitement that evening I came to discover that it was vintage sheet music and music books. Some of the music dated to over 100 years old. Having no need for this kind of sheet music and booklets I decided to try out this new EBay site. I researched some of the booklets and they were going for around $20 each. Much more than the dollar I paid for all of them! Eventually I made a couple hundred dollars on that unknown box I bought that day.


I tell this story because when creating my EBay account I decided to use a verse as my user id - Philippians411. At that time in my life God was working on me to be content where I was in life. We had left both our families and moved 1000 miles away. I had a cancer scare and major surgery within six weeks of arriving in Virginia. During that time this verse had become my mantra. I kept trying to focus on being content where I was in life. Ironically, God has taken me back to that verse and those days many times throughout the last 23 years. And recently He has laid that verse and those times back upon my heart.


Just like that move to Virginia 23 years ago, once again my life has changed dramatically. And to be honest, there are days I feel lost, afraid, and unsure of the next steps in my life. I'm just wishing the Lord would give me a small glimpse of the future. But the help and answer I need comes from reading on a couple verses down in that same chapter to Philippians 4:13. There I find God's promise to help me. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". Being stretched by God is hard. But it is how we grow and become strong in Him. Maybe you too are being stretched, you're future unknown. Let us trust in the truth of His word.


Psalm 143:8

Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; For in thee do I trust: Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; For I lift up my soul unto thee.


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