By Michael Tidwell
It was hard for me to believe that we had been married for eleven years. I thought back to the day that we got married. How wonderful our wedding day had been. We spent our honeymoon on St John in the Virgin Islands. It was a beautiful week. Here we were eleven years later in a different season. God had blessed us more than we could of imagined. I kissed Crista and wished her a Happy Anniversary, as I got ready to leave for work. I went downstairs to get breakfast and the scene that met me was surreal. There was water all over the countertops, the kitchen floor. It was a mess. A pipe had leaked. My first thought was to go back to bed and pretend it was not there. I dreaded going back upstairs to tell Crista what had happened. I hated spoiling her day. Later, Crista told me she thought I was coming back upstairs to sing to her as I do every anniversary. It did not take me long to wake her up out of the daydream. I did not realize at that time, that thousand of miles away the people of Japan had just suffered a Tsunami and earthquake. Thousands had lost their lives. Life as many had known it, would never be the same. When I learned of the catastrophe, I felt convicted. Our problem was very minor in light of the suffering that was taking place in Japan. Sometimes, we become so consumed in the little raindrops that we feel, that we forget that they it's just a little rain. How often we become so distraught over something that will not matter tomorrow. We must remind ourselves that life is filled with little bumps and we can either allow God to control them or allow them to control us.
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Deuteronomy 31:6
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength. – Corrie Ten Boom
Michael and his wife Crista, are blessed to have three beautiful children (Noah, Gracie, Luke). They live in the middle TN area and attend Eagle Christian church. He counts it a honor to be involved with Eagle’s View, BYC and serving as a evangelist. They enjoy being outdoors, traveling and above all serving the Lord.