Place is the Five Minute Friday prompt for this week. This week I learned more about surrender and waiting, trusting that God’s purposes would be fulfilled. In the surrender and waiting, God reminded me that I belong to Him.
[bctt tweet=”Everybody needs a place, whether it be at home, at school, at church, at work or even on the web.” username=”GaylWright”]
Almost Losing My Place
Yesterday I almost lost my place on the internet. I had received a notice that my web hosting would be renewing. The problem was that the price had gone up. In order to get the cheapest price I would have to renew for 3 years. But even the lowest price was too much for me to justify.
Then, my blog went down. Every time I tried to access the website, it gave me an error message, so I contacted my hosting service to get that resolved. She told me she could fix it but it might take several hours before I could access it again. In reality it only took a short time.
Soul Searching and Surrender
I did some soul searching. Then, I came to the place that I was willing to even close my blog and work on other things God may be calling me to do. I had searched for a cheaper hosting service but could not find one without taking a big step down. That meant I would lose some of the features I have on the blog.
Finally, after searching and praying and enlisting the prayers of friends, I decided to contact the host and find out if I could renew for 12 months instead of 36. But even then I was not sure because of the price. After chatting with the agent, he was able to offer me a much lower price for the 36 months. I had to make a decision quickly as the offer would only be available for 8 hours.
[bctt tweet=”Earlier in the day, when I thought I might have to lose the blog or take a step down, I was willing to do that.” username=”GaylWright”]
But when the agent gave me the offer, I made the decision to renew. God gave me such a peace about it that I knew it was the right thing.
[bctt tweet=”Then this morning, the blog was down again! I prayed and enlisted prayers of friends once more.” username=”GaylWright”]
So I signed in to the host service and began a chat with an agent and we found the problem and resolved it. Once again they told me it could be up to twelve hours before it was resolved. But it was up and running in a few minutes so I was pleased.
Even in this troubling circumstance, I was able to encourage the agent. When I told her I would give a high rating on the review, she thanked me and said it meant a lot to her. Maybe God allowed my problem so that she could be encouraged today. We don’t always know why problems come or why we have delays, but God does.
Finding My True Place
Maybe God wanted to test me to see how important the blog was to me. I needed to make sure it was not important in itself and that it did not define me.
[bctt tweet=”Even if I lost my place on the internet, I will never lose my place in Christ, who is my real home.” username=”GaylWright”]
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
My goal from the beginning has been to glorify God and encourage others. But I also know that I am human and maybe sometimes I let myself get in the way. This was a reminder that everything I do, including my blog, should be done for the glory of God.
Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.
Where is your place? Do you have any thoughts on place? I would love to know your ideas!