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The first Tuesday of each month, we'll be posting TOM'S TUESDAY TAGALONG. Tom will be sharing a blog type message with you.

Here is the August 2022 edition of TOM'S TUESDAY TAGALONG.
 

 

 

No News Is Good News

 

I have been blessed, since I started writing these little monthly articles. It seemed that every month, the Lord would put these thoughts in my head, and I would sit down and write about them. I take none of the credit for them but give it all to God. You will hear song writers say that a title or a lyric will pop into their head and that’s when they grab their pencil and paper. I can now honestly say, I know how they feel. I have been waiting and struggling for the past several weeks to know what to write about this month, but nothing came to me. I found out that I couldn’t come up with a topic on my own and decided to just wait for some guidance. So, I apologize for being late this month, but now I know the wait was worth it. Believe it or not, I was sitting in the kitchen this morning eating a piece a peach crumb pie my wife had baked yesterday and suddenly it came to me. The answer to my dilemma of not getting an answer was “not getting an answer.” In that quiet time, sitting by myself, eating pie and enjoying another beautiful morning, it really dawned on me. It was as if the Lord had said, “Now you know a little of what life is like, when I’m not a part of your life.” I couldn’t believe it, when I then realized the answer, I had been seeking, was no answer at all. After that, all these thoughts and ideas started coming, as if the sky opened and it started raining. So let me share with you some of the things that were shared with me.

The first thing I learned was that the Lord was there all along, just like He always is. We are so blessed to have someone to love us so deeply and He never changes. That being said, it makes me realize that I must be the one who is doing the changing from time to time. If we are all truthful, it’s hard to admit that this is true in all our lives. When things are going good and happiness is all around, the Lord tends to take a back seat. It is when things are not so good, that we tend to start putting more of an emphasis on our relationship with Him. Does that sort of sound familiar? He was there with the answer for me all along, I just had to be left alone long enough to find it out.

The second thing I learned was that sometimes when we pray and the answer doesn’t come, that’s His answer. I must admit, like many of you, when I pray, I already have the answer I want in my head. It’s hard to pray that the Lord’s will be done because it may not be the one we are looking for. I sometimes forget that He created all that we know and more than we will ever know until we see Him face to face in Heaven. Can’t I trust the creator of the universe, the One who loves me more than anyone, enough to do what’s best for me or best for that someone I am praying for? I remember praying so hard for a person I really loved that was having a problem and really needed prayer. The answer I got wasn’t even close to what I wanted, and I was heartbroken. After several years had passed, I was able to see how the Lord’s answer, not mine, was the right one. That taught me a valuable lesson in life. It made me realize it takes a lot of faith to say, “Your will be done”, and sometimes that scares me not knowing what’s going to happen. I learned it’s not about me and what I want, but what the Lord wants for my life and yours.

The third thing I learned was the thought that, sometimes no answer to my request is my answer. Now I know some of you may say, “What in the world is he talking about, that doesn’t make sense?” How many times have you prayed about something and nothing happens? What’s the first thing we say, “Well I guess the Lord didn’t hear my prayer or He really doesn’t care.” Right? The simple answer is you already got your answer, you just don’t know it. When our children ask us to do something, there are two possible answers, yes or know. The answer we normally give them is based on whether it is good or bad for them, beneficial or detrimental, safe or dangerous. As much as it hurts us, it can be hard to give them the answer they don’t want to hear because they are going to have many reactions, none of which will be good. We make that decision out of our love for them and sometimes out of prayer. The Bible says, “He will never leave us or forsake us.” So, when the answer we want doesn’t come, it may be the Lord’s way of saying, “No, that’s not good for you.” We sometimes never know how the Lord is working behind the scenes to help us and bring glory to Him at the same time. When good things happen, sometimes different than what we asked for, the first thing we normally do is thank Him and share what happened to others. You see, it’s a win-win situation. First, it automatically shows how the Lord works in our lives because of His love and how He helped us. Secondly, whoever or whatever we were praying for now is blessed more than before or the situation has been taken care of better than we imagined.

Probably not the last, but the most important lesson I learned out of this simple situation is when I realized how it applies to my life. It has made me realize what life would be like without the Lord’s guidance and help every day. It made me realize how we take that for granted every day, and sometimes selfishly expect it. I thought of the simple situation of not being able to write my article and compared to living my life without His help and guidance. It again brought reality back to my thinking and the realization that I couldn’t make it without Him. As I’ve said many times, “I don’t know how people make it through life without the Lord.” It took getting my answer of “No Answer” that again brought me back to this realization. One of the songs we sing, “I Can’t Even Walk Without You Holding My Hand”, probably says it best. We just have to be reminded of that occasionally.

So, I think I have said enough for now, even though in my quiet times I hope I will realize more about, ”No answer is sometimes my answer.” I urge you take some quite time each day and just be still and listen. Before you take time each day to read the Word, ask the Lord to show you how you can apply it to your life. The answers to all of our questions are found inside that Book of Treasures, the Bible, but unless we open it up, we will never learn what they are. Forgive me for being a little late this month, but to me this taught me a valuable lesson. I will try to be on time next month, but I can’t promise. Hey who knows, between now and then the Lord may return and we will all be experiencing what we have been dreaming about. Until then, tell your family, friends and maybe someone you don’t know how having a relationship with Jesus has changed your life. Their eternity may depend on your story, and you may be the answer to their prayers and their cry for help. You will never know the feeling of inner joy until you try it and plant that seed. As the saying goes, “Try it, you’ll like it!”

Before I leave, on behalf of the group, I just want to thank all of you for the love and the prayers you have given us. You will never know how much we appreciate it and enjoy the time we share with you at our concerts. We feel so blessed to share the love of our Savior, wherever we go to sing songs of His love and mercy. Before we do a concert, we always pray and ask the Lord to be with us and you in each service. After that, one of us usually says, “Let’s give them Jesus” and we’re ready to sing. We invite you to check out our concert schedule at our website, www.keystonestatequartet.net, and plan now to bring a friend and spend some time with us. We would love to see you there. Until then, please keep us in your prayers and have a great month.

-Tom Wingert