Bad News, Good News

I’ve seen numerous car accidents in India, the most recent was yesterday. We’ve been in many close calls. But I’ve never been in an accident – until today that is. A water buffalo herd was crossing the major highway on which we were traveling. The front one was spooked by a car coming the other direction and bolted across the median and right into us. That’s the bad news.

Now for the good news. Despite being hit so hard that damage was done to the whole front and right (driver’s) side of the car, the buffalo was able to scramble to its feet and run off. If it had broken a leg or been killed it would have been a major, major problem. It would have cost at least $2,000 to replace, and we would have missed today’s conference – if not more. Having Americans involved would have made it much worse. He was good enough to run off and we drove right off.   That’s the next part of the good news. Despite a lot of cosmetic damage, the car still drives fine. And we got to the conference on time.

The time Satan tried to drown the boat Jesus was in to keep Him from going to deliver the Gadarenes demonized men came to mind (Mark 4:35 – 5:13). Jesus got to the Gadarenes men in time to bring deliverance, and we got to the conference in time to minister as planned. I had to quickly set up during the last song and start immediately, but we were there to get things going. Clearly God sent His angels to prevent what could have been a disastrous situation – the cow could have been thrown upon the hood and gone through the windshield! So, all in all, the good new outweighed the bad news today.

Storms may hit but the boat won’t sink if Jesus is in it. Just make sure you invite Jesus in the boat with you! (January 20, )

Mark 4:35-41 A furious squall came up, and waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. … Jesus got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be Still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

Romans 8:28 We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

Take a moment to look for the good news in your bad news today. Could it be that Satan is trying to defeat or discourage you? That won’t happen unless you let it.

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