I mentioned in a previous post that I'd received this book for Christmas (from myself). Yes, I often put things under the tree for myself from myself.
When I was handed this one to open, I had actually forgotten about it so it was a fun surprise!
I was immediately impressed with the layout. Before gift giving continued I was already immersed in reading Susan's heartfelt introduction.
On first glance the lessons seem so simple. They are truths I know. It's tempting to speed through the book. But rather than do that I've chosen to pause and re-read the chapters repeatedly.
I've glanced at the first four, and each time I've re-read them I've been challenged.
The First Word of Wisdom (Page 4)
I'm comforted by the truth that God is in control and I'm intrigued with a couple of sentences Susan has written.
I'm captivated by the idea that the clarity and peace I seek might be behind a door I didn't think to open. Now my mind is scurrying to think of what door I might not have opened. Sounds like fun, doesn't it?
I'm also intrigued by the sentence that says God has the answer to the question I've been asking. That made me think of how many questions I ask God, myself, my cat, dog, husband, or other person in a day. I realize God wants to help answer all my questions.
This first chapter asks us to list examples of synchronicity that has defied explanation in our life. I have had many of those moments this year.
A DAPO Moment from My Summer
I don't want to share too much about this, but enough to show God's DAPO power. Here's one of my DAPO moments from this summer:
An extended family member had recently been diagnosed with a mental health issue that was untreated. For a time this year, she went missing. It's been hard on all of us. Her own children and mother hadn't seen her for three months when her son finally reported her to police as a missing person.
Lots of prayer was being said over this issue, but we had no idea where she might be.
In July, my daughter made a trip to her old university campus where her boyfriend was living and working over the summer. My daughter lived in another city so the timing of this visit was unique--something only God could have orchestrated.
As she and her boyfriend strolled through the campus corridor, suddenly, right there in front of her stood my missing relative! My relative didn't recognize my daughter though they said hello. My daughter's boyfriend had never met this relative so didn't realize who it was but was able to tell us she had been staying in the temporary summer hostel for about two weeks.
My daughter caught the room number and phoned me right away. I let her son know and he was flabbergasted. All our family members were so flabberghasted they didn't believe it. They wondered what the odds were of my daughter being there--a city 50 km from where this person normally lived--at just the right time and place so that she would bump into our relative who'd just been reported missing days earlier?
It was true, though. Her son was able to go to this city and talk to her.
The problems with this relative were certainly not resolved then and there. It's complicated. But this DAPO moment was enough to reassure us that God was on the case.
I'm happy to report that just before Christmas, my relative was brought to the hospital and is now undergoing treatment. God made us wait (more on that in reference to Chapter 2). But God came through and we continue to trust him with the issue.
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