Posted by: whereintheworldismike | August 24, 2010

In Isolation

God has done it to Moses, Saul, David, Elijah, and even Jesus. Sometimes it’s voluntary and sometimes it’s non-voluntary. In God’s sovereign time everyone goes through a time of isolation–removal from a place of useful service to a place of being placed on the Potter’s wheel, mashed down, and then reformed into something more beautiful and more useful. Two days ago, our Toyota Camry suddenly burst into flames and burned to cinders.

Stacia's car for college goes up in smoke

Right now there are so many stressors in my life that I must pray without ceasing or perish. God is there. He never leaves me. But sometimes I can’t feel him or hear him. Still I know he is there. He is not done with me….or us. May I learn what I need to learn soon and may I rest in his love and grace.


  1. Mike, I truly empathize with you because I have been going thru the same thing in the last 2 years. I’ve had to live alone since my husband died, and I’ve been challenged often. And yes, sometimes I feel God’s hand and sometimes He’s standing near but not speaking. Trials are episodes where we learn to grow closer to God. He wants to refine us and love us at the same time. We have the assurance that “God is love” and that “He will never leave us nor forsake us.”


    • Dear Karen,
      Anyone who is serious about following Jesus will face tribulation. But just think what it would be like without the help of the God of Comfort! God bless you, sister, as you keep you eyes on the Author and Finisher of our faith.

  2. I know how you must feel at this time, it’s like you are being tested at this hour. Insurance will cover the car, maybe Toyota has a secret in certain cars that explode, etc. God is with us and who can be against us? We must perservere under all conditions and pray that the Lord will lift the current trial into His glory, honor and praise. Somebody was telling me to go back to Japan the other day, however there are things I have to finish here, first. May the Lord direct your priorities and may He allow you the insight to your trials. Your fellow sevant.

    • Hey Karl,
      It’s good to hear from you. We are working feverishly on our home base before taking off on international travels.
      We are grateful for your friendship.

    • Thanks, Karl, we are being sifted on every side but God’s presence is obvious and we are doing our best to abide in Him. God knows the future and I think He has BIG plans for the future.


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