Atheists can ramble on about how there is no God and no Trinity; that they don’t exist. I beg to differ—adamantly.
Shawn A. Akers
I am a firm believer in divine appointment. From firsthand experience, I know Holy Spirit sets them up, and He places you where He wants you when He wants you.
I also believe in divine teaching. If you rely on Him and seek Him, Holy Spirit will give you a word of encouragement at the exact time you need it. He also will give you a word of rebuke when you need to hear it.
Last weekend, I hoped to enjoy a couple of days off in the presence of extended family, and to celebrate my daughter’s 16th birthday with joy and peace in my heart. Unfortunately, the weekend was interrupted by lingering sickness in my body, not to mention an $1,100 kick to the gut in the form of a car repair bill.
The latter wouldn’t have been so difficult to take had I not shelled out $1,000 two months prior for another auto repair, or if my wife and I weren’t faced with paying out $7,000 in the near future for braces for my son’s teeth. Six months prior, we also went into debt almost 10K for a new air conditioner.
The most recent car repair bill hit me like a truck. It was the last straw. I simply couldn’t take it anymore and took out my frustrations in front of my family. The temper tantrum resembled one a 3-year-old would toss, not the actions of a 51-year-old, godly family man.
I can be best described as testy sometimes, but this incident went way beyond. I was so upset I even called the person at the repair shop a crook over the phone.
“The most recent car repair bill hit home. It was the last straw. I simply couldn’t take it anymore and took out my frustrations in front of my family. The temper tantrum resembled one a 3-year-old would toss, not the actions of a 51-year-old, godly family man.”
I have acted surly ever since—wallowing in my pity—until this morning, when I came across my friend Lee Grady’s weekly column, Fire in My Bones.
I have always admired Lee since I’ve known him. He’s written several books on Holy Spirit, and he teaches and preaches around the world. He allows Holy Spirit to guide his actions, and his latest column explains exactly how.
Recently on his way to South America, he encountered a delay in the Atlanta airport, a delay caused by a bird that had collided with his plane and caused undetermined damage. The delay potentially would interrupt Lee’s agenda, as he was scheduled to arrive in Colombia and preach the next day.
While waiting to speak with an agent, he heard many in front of him respond with anger, obscenity and demands. Lee wrote, “Watching this scene jolted me into reality. I couldn’t believe how grown adults were responding to something as trivial as a flight delay. And, I was convicted because I had been on the verge of outrage myself.”
I couldn’t help but think I would probably—no, certainly—be one of the people throwing a tantrum. I wouldn’t have cared who knew it or saw it, as long as I was not inconvenienced.
Lee went on to explain how his temperament allowed him to get to his destination on time. Holy Spirit spoke to Lee’s heart and calmed Lee down before he reached the agent, and Lee was rewarded for his attitude and demeanor.
Don’t tell me Holy Spirit does not know exactly what He is doing. Not only did Lee benefit from listening to Holy Spirit’s conviction, but Holy Spirit prompted him to write the column that would rebuke and convict me for my tempestuous attitude.
Atheists may ramble on about how there is no God and no Trinity; that they don’t exist. I beg to differ—adamantly. I’m not saying I will never lose my temper again, but I believe Holy Spirit will help me recall Lee’s story in the future before my temper gets the best of me.
I know my wife, Patty, and my children will be glad to hear that.
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And remember to do something to rise higher in your kingdom calling today.
Step Out of the Boat is a ministry created by Charisma Media Content Development Editor Shawn A. Akers and dedicated to help Christ followers to become spiritual champions and come to a more intimate relationship with Jesus. With its articles, podcasts and other forms of media, Step Out of the Boat encourages Christ followers to daily reach to a higher level in their calling. Shawn is a 35-year veteran sportswriter, a published poet and he published a story about Dale Earnhardt in NASCAR Chicken Soup for the Soul. You can read his blog here. You can also listen to his podcasts, the Javelin Sports Show, on the Charisma Podcast Network.