Hey y’all!!! Okay, earlier today, I had a bit if a convo with God. You know, one of those “but Jesus I’m trying really hard” convos. He said nothing (cause every once in a while, He waits to answer me on certain things, like we do with those texts that we answer “later”). LOL! Okay… done.
So, I’m sitting here, on my couch, watching Oceans 13… one of my favorite movies of all time! Anyhoo, this post isn’t about any of the main characters at all, although I luf them to pieces for being incredible actors. But those of you who are fans like I am, y’all recall the guy that was the actual hotel review guy for the Five Diamond Award? The one that kept getting the bad room, the bedbugs, and the gross bed? Yeah, him, well throughout the entire movie, they would kinda show things getting worse for him because you know, they had a plot to carry out so one of Ocean’s guys had to act as if he was reviewing the hotel.
Mmmkay, so this poor guy had thee absolute worst hotel experience EVER and he was becoming more and more devastated, but it was his job so he didn’t just leave. He did everything he could to complete what he’d set out to do. Now, skip to the end of the movie (the very end) when Danny, Rusty, and Linus are in the airport and they go their separate ways. As Rusty is at the slot machine, actual hotel review guy sits next to him. Rusty drops a couple coins and the guy goes to hand them to him and he tells him to keep them and to use his machine instead, because he’d had some luck. Well, that actual hotel review guy hit the big one and won a million dollars. Rusty had set him up to win because of what they allowed him to go through in order to carry their plot out.
No, this is definitely NOT about playing the slot machines or hitting the lotto. This is absolutely about you getting ALL the victory after this test you’re going through. It hit me so hard as he yelled, “look I just won a million dollars!” I’d never paid too much attention to that guy. Of course I’ve watched as the plan unfolded with him being part of it. But I’ve never really looked at his “big win” this way until tonight. See, that is how our lives go… we suffer, we go through trials, and we have difficult circumstances to get to but we win in the end. There are times when God wants His “plot” to be carried out so that He can get the glory. And you know what? Had he not gone through that terrible weekend, he wouldn’t have been set up to “win.”
Just like us! God allows us to go through in order to learn, grow, and be molded into what He needs us to be, in order to make us eligible for the “jackpot” in the end. You need Biblical proof??? Well, I’ve got some for ya. Let’s talk about my guy Job. He suffered! He had everything stripped away from him, his home, children, and his wife (she disqualified herself). After he’d gone through every pain thinkable, God rewarded him. He had more than he could ever imagine but He was first allowed to be tested. “So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning:….” Job 42:12 (only the first clause). And he was blessed so that his “so called” friends could see. “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” Psalms 23:5
The same goes for me and you. Just like “actual review guy” and Job, we try everything that we can to do what we are appointed to do. We get down on ourselves because we are trying so hard but nothing seems to be going right. What we must remember is that our living for Christ doesn’t make us exempt from trouble. Nope, and in many cases, it makes us more qualified for it. But also remember that after we are tried, our obedience is tested, our faith is put on the chopping block, and we come through it all, God will reward us in ways that we could have never imagined. “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” 1 Peter 5:10
So, hold on, wait for it, that reward is coming!
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11
Love y’all (I really do)!