No matter how much effort is dedicated to carefully picking out gifts for the people who we love December 26th is still a customer service nightmare! The gifts that were ill fitting, damaged, the wrong style, duplicated, or just didn't meet expectations are returned. We have become accustomed to getting things we want, at least when it comes to retail!
I am embarrassed to say that I have been having fears about what is going to happen to me as I bring my ALS body to Customer Service and stand before God. I finished a round of IV treatments last week and I am already able to lift my arms up and put my forearms on the armrests. Now I am standing at the counter asking God what does this mean? Am I going to get a refund, store credit, exchange or repaired? If I am repaired, to what extent? What if the repair is not complete or doesn't last? How do I plan for this unknown? How will I adjust if what happens isn't perfect?
God has been gracious with me as He has been reminding me of His Customer Service Mission Statement. Truth be told, nothing that I have ever been given has been perfect. Skills, beauty, intelligence, family, friends, jobs, housing, vehicles, and my health have come rather CUSTOMIZED. What I have ever been given from the Lord has been perfect for His intended purpose for me. Regardless of what the PRODUCT looks like tomorrow He will take care of me just like He has up to this point. The Lord is my Personal Customer Service Manager! PERFECT!
God's Customer Service Mission Statement:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
II Corinthians 4:16-17
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.
II Corinthians 12:7-9
So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations,a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
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(verse 1) My life has been a story of your grace Your goodness surrounds me and is my hiding place So now as darkness threatens and I stumble on the way Jesus, lift my head and carry me and I will say (Chorus) Whatever you're doing now in me, however you work that I can't see Wherever this road is leading me, I walk with you Surrendering now again my fear, believing each moment you are here Wherever this road is leading me, I walk with you (verse 2) Jesus you are my portion and my all Your right hand upholds me, you keep me when I fall Even though the clouds are dark and the valley's real Jesus keep me fixed on you no matter how I feel (Bridge) Darkness hides, doubt erased, hope restored, praise I raise