Obstacles into Opportunites

Troubles will often come in our lives. The death of our son’s Rottweiler puppy this morning was one of those disappointments. All the tender care, the medicines, the nice cozy pillow, the sleepless night of trying keep her alive – and then just ‘like that,’ she died.

Sargeant Peppers

The only dog in history ever allowed into our house!

What opportunity could the death of ‘Sergeant Peppers’ possibly bring? I don’t know, but David’s story comes to mind. I believe that David the shepherd boy prayed for the safety of his flock. Even so, there were times of attack from lions or bears. David had to fight them off – and he did it often enough to become quite good at it.

When David later heard about the giant who was tormenting the Israelite army, he became indignant. “Why should this uncircumcised Philistine defy the armies of the Living God?” he asked.

King Saul could not believe what he was hearing. When he asked David why he would possibly want to fight the giant, David reported his encounters while keeping his father’s sheep. “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine,” he declared.

It was David’s past experience of overcoming obstacles that opened the opportunity for him to confront the giant. The skill that David had developed because of previous battles was the skill that he would now use to bring down Goliath with one stone-throw.

Many times God might use challenges in our lives, even the death of things we hold dear, to develop our faith or teach us lessons that will be valuable for what lies ahead. When we complain, get angry, or start finding people to blame, we miss our greatest opportunities.

I am reminded that whatever problems we are facing, we will do best to praise Him with a grateful heart and ask that He cause it to work for good. God IS in control!

~ Ibrahim

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About Omondis In Kenya

Ibrahim and Diane Omondi serve on the DOVE Christian Fellowship International Apostolic Council, giving oversight to the region of Africa. They have been ministering together in Kenya since 1984 and now oversee the work of more than 100 congregations in four nations. They also give leadership to the missions thrust of DOVE Africa which includes 14 Kenyan and Ugandan missionaries serving among unreached people groups in these nations. The Omondis direct Springs of Africa, a non-profit organization sponsoring micro-finance, community development and various education initiatives.
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4 Responses to Obstacles into Opportunites

  1. Larry and Doris Diener says:

    Dear Diane,

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Give my condolences especially to Samuel.

    Larry

  2. So sorry for the death in the family. Loved the name.

  3. Nan S Garber says:

    Sorry for the loss of a dear life. But tell me, how is it that our kids manage to get us to “change our rules” (no dogs allowed)? And then we get better at it, and discover opportunities that we can meet because of those “small” flexibilities we lived. I also keep reminding myself that the many letting go’s in life are “small deaths” that prepare us for the Big One….infuses new meaning and purpose. And then there are the many things we “live into well” with no idea of how they may be recycled and re-purposed. Thanks for the encouragement to keep living with “this too? Yes”.

  4. laurie says:

    SO sorry to hear of this loss of a precious pup–praying for all of you in this sadness. I am very proud of you, Ibrahim, that you have allowed a canine to live inside with you

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