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Damaged Goods

A package that I waited weeks for arrived to my house one Thursday evening and as I went outside to get it, I was in great shock. The entire box looked as if it had been thrown from the top of a building. I mean, I understand that bumps and dings happen but this was absolutely unacceptable. Just from looking at the outside of the package I believed that the product was damaged.

Immediately I grabbed my phone and began to call the mailing company that delivered this upset to my door. As soon as the association answered the phone I went down my list of complaints and how furious i was at the appearance of this package. The associate listened to my rant and then calmly said, "Sir, Have you opened the package yet?" "I quickly responded, "NO!" The associate continued in telling me that because the company knows the shipping process can be hard on a product, they place it in a box with isolation to help absorb the hits, so the product would remain in one piece even if the outer packaging is damaged.

And then HE speaks... The spirit so kindly whispered to me that this process is inevitable. Bumps are going to happen along the way and some may even cause damage but that doesn't change what has been placed in you. When God made you, he fortified you with the assurance of his own deliverance. "Psalm 34:19(KJV) Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all."

It is so easy to believe that past circumstances, failures, and shortcomings diminish the value of what we have inside. Some of us have incredible stories of hardships we've survived and self-inflicted wounds we've been delivered from but aren't you glad God didn't consult your past when he was constructing his plan! The deeds and damage of your past didn't change God's mind concerning you. "Jeremiah 29:11(NIV) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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