As we open our life to God’s teaching, we must allow Him to instruct us using the tools of his choice. His lessons are often taught using the most unlikely messengers and through the worst of circumstances; but His lessons always contain a lasting sweetness when they are property learned.I just love that. Tell me, do you let God choose the tools to teach you?
It was 1994 and we had just moved to San Antonio, Texas. (Go Spurs!) We were anxiously trying to find a church. We found one. Within a couple of months, we started serving in both the youth and music ministries there. That’s when we met Steve Troxel, his wife, Sherry, and their children. We became rather close to their entire family because their children were teenagers. Not only that, but Chris and I led worship every other week while Steve and his team led the opposite weeks. Steve and Chris can both lead a mean Jehovah Jireh. Don’t even get them started on Hear O Israel. Someone give the Lord a clap offering. For the last 11 1/2 years, Steve has been ministering through his website, God’s Daily Word. He writes daily devotionals and sends them out to those who’ve subscribed to them. Currently, he has over 28,000 people on his list. It’s quite remarkable. Years ago, one of his devotionals impacted me deeply. So much so that I wrote it down in my lovely cursive handwriting. And after nearly three moves, I still have it. Now that’s somethin’. Here is part of the message he wrote: