Okay….so I have decided I’m going to blog a little about what we are going through….days in the life of the Edwards.
Just recently, we have been “slapped” with a lawsuit because a former member in our church isn’t very happy that our church voted to merge with another church (even though we had a vote and it was unanimous). Call it control, call it CRAZY! Never mind that this verse is REALLY in the Bible…..
I Corinthians 6:1-8
And how dare you take each other to court! When you think you have been wronged, does it make any sense to go before a court that knows nothing of God’s ways instead of a family of Christians? The day is coming when the world is going to stand before a jury made up of followers of Jesus. If someday you are going to rule on the world’s fate, wouldn’t it be a good idea to practice on some of these smaller cases? Why, we’re even going to judge angels! So why not these everyday affairs? As these disagreements and wrongs surface, why would you ever entrust them to the judgment of people you don’t trust in any other way?
5-6I say this as bluntly as I can to wake you up to the stupidity of what you’re doing. Is it possible that there isn’t one levelheaded person among you who can make fair decisions when disagreements and disputes come up? I don’t believe it. And here you are taking each other to court before people who don’t even believe in God! How can they render justice if they don’t believe in the God of justice?
7-8These court cases are an ugly blot on your community. Wouldn’t it be far better to just take it, to let yourselves be wronged and forget it? All you’re doing is providing fuel for more wrong, more injustice, bringing more hurt to the people of your own spiritual family.
Why wouldn’t God want churches to come TOGETHER? You can read about this in an earlier blog. Hmmmmm….seems a little odd to me but hey, so is it in the life of “church” people. We tried to contact this person numerous times to talk about this and work out what the struggle was to no avail. What is very odd is that this person was totally “on board” in the beginning. It’s a great church and we continue to see God’s blessing!!!!!
Well….now this person is suing us (my husband, the pastor), my sister, whom volunteered her time to record tithing and offering and take to the bank, AND suing me because I led worship every week.
Anyway….so this week a lot of things have transpired. We had a contract on the parsonage and a contract on a house that we were hoping to purchase (the parsonage is not enough room for our family of five and we have been cramped for 4 years). However, we have been very grateful for everything that God has blessed us with!
So I am explaining to my 14-year-old daughter that we have now lost the contract on the parsonage and the house we wanted to purchase because of this law suit. She starts crying and says “I hope they are happy”. We have explained to her what was going on so that she understands everything, well most everything. Some things she is better off not knowing. In that very moment I thought….aha…teaching moment (when really what my flesh wanted to do was open up a can of worms on somebody)!!!
First of all, I explained that a house is just a house. I started driving home the importance of her prayers! I explained that God hears her prayers as much as any adult’s prayers. I also talked to her about our faith…that even when things look very bleak God knows EVERYTHING and that when a door closes He ALWAYS opens another door. He knows the perfect situation and the perfect house and has perfect timing!!! I quoted the scripture referencing that God knows the desire of our hearts. I asked her what her desires were….she told me. Right then we prayed together that first of all God would touch her daddy’s mind and give him clarity and peace through all this muck that the enemy is trying to throw. Then we prayed for the people who are suing us that God would do a work in their life and then we prayed for our attorney and the judge that God would lead all of us in His ways and direct our steps as we endeavor to do His will….not people’s will! Thank you, Father for the faith of a 14 year old to strengthen me in that hour!
Every day I realize more and more that the things we get frustrated with, the things we worry over, and the things we wish were reality are just that…things! Our only heart’s desire is that whatever we do and whatever we say and the condition of our heart is pleasing to God. No matter what we face in this crazy situation, we are 100% confident that God will receive the glory. This doesn’t mean that everything in our lives will always go our way. It just means that God knows best.
I told Kevin that maybe we are going through this so that one day we can write a book? Hmmmm…..you just never know. We know we are in “training” for something bigger. The thing that came to my mind yesterday through all my crying before the Lord was that Paul said he “gloried in all his afflictions”. What we are going through is a walk in the park compared to what others have faced.
One day you may read about it! : )