by Tammy Phillips
October 18, 2020
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to [His] purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NKJV)
I do not t know what it is with God and Hampton Inns! It was 5:30 AM in Memphis. I was sitting in the lobby asking the Lord what He had to say. I could not hear Him because there was a young well-dressed man preparing the continental breakfast and playing his music so loudly that I could not think. To be honest, I was a little irritated, however, I did not want to say anything because he was blasting upbeat, praise music. He was getting his praise on loudly and early.
After the young man finished his morning duties, he returned to the front desk of the lobby. I gave him a few minutes and then called him. I ask him what the Lord had been speaking to His heart this morning. I explained to him that I had a hard time “hearing” the Lord this morning. He laughed and said he understood. He was writing a book. I questioned his subject. He said it was about the miraculous working of God.
The young man, Damian, was 35 years old. I learned that three years ago he survived 45 days in the hospital from kidney failure. He went just because he did not feel well. He was admitted because he had a temperature of 104.5. They further found that his kidneys were only functioning at twenty percent. During his stay his kidneys stopped functioning altogether. The Lord miraculously healed him. He is now whole and healed. He is also pastor and after working all night he will go preach today. He is full of praise, laughter and joy.
This morning the Lord took the irritant that got into my shell and turned it into a pearl of blessing. A natural pearl begins its life inside an oyster’s shell when an intruder, such as a grain of sand or a parasite, slips in between one of the two shells of the oyster. In order to protect itself from irritation, the oyster will quickly begin covering the uninvited visitor with layers of nacre also known as mother-of-pearl, coat the grain of sand until the iridescent gem is formed. It usually takes 6 months to form a pearl. All things are possible with God. He anointed this situation with the oil of gladness and created a pearl blessing from the irritant in just minutes.
What is irritating you today?
I enCOURAGE you to give it to the Lord. Let him do his miraculous work and turn your irritation into a pearl of blessing for you.