God's Perfect Timing

God's Perfect Timing In Joel 2:25 we are promised that God restores that which the locusts have eaten - meaning God will return to us what has been taken from us. Or perhaps that which we have thrown away? Eleven years ago, I found out that I have a half-sister of whom I was unaware until she sought out her birth family. Thanks to the power of the internet, even then powerful in 1996, she was able to find her birth father, my father, and her sister, me. To say that I was surprised by the revelation of a sister a little more than six months older than I am is an understatement, to say the least. In August of 1996, she visited me, to try to establish a bit of a relationship with a sister she'd never known. I was horrible to her. I was childish, immature and quite awful. I held against her the sins of our father. You see, my father hasn't spoken to me since January 1988, almost 20 years ago. He and I have fundamental belief differences that he cannot reconcile. He refuses to acknowledge me as his daughter. Praise God for My Father in Heaven Who loves me for me, flaws and all. Anyway, in 1996, I learned of Christine, my half-sister, and learned that she had also established a burgeoning relationship with our shared biological father. That began the stirrings of deep resentment and bitterness deep inside me. No, I was not a good person. I was not a decent person in the least. So, I summarily threw her out of my life, with not so much as a by-your-leave my lady. Until five days ago, when I received an email notification from Reunion.com that I had "messages" waiting for me. Now, I normally delete those messages from that Reunion.com without a second glance. They just want my money after all, because it costs money to pick up those "messages"! You have to be a premium member! And I'm cheap! But, "something" wouldn't let me delete that email notification. Nope, couldn't delete it. Off I go to Reunion.com and pay my blood money to get those "messages" waiting for me. Yep, you guessed it! The message waiting for me was from Christine. Wow. After eleven years, she said that she wanted to have some sort of relationship with me. That we are sisters and we cannot take that lightly. Wow. I sent her a message back. I apologized for my horrible behavior of eleven years past, but that I needed to pray about what God would have me do with this part of my life. So, I did. And, I talked to my husband about it. When I talked to my hubby about it, he said, "What's so hard, honey? You have one sister here who wants nothing to do with you and God has brought you another one who wants a relationship with you. Call her." So, I called her today. And she was home, from work, sick. What are the "odds"? On the very day that she received my return message last week, she had gotten a bit of news from her doctor - that she needs to go in for a biopsy to determine if she has ovarian cancer. Her doctor instructed her to find out who in her family has ovarian cancer. I am an ovarian cancer survivor. Nothing is an accident. God is giving me back eleven years that I tried to throw away. He is restoring to me a sister that I tried to push away. God's timing is perfect. If this doesn't convince you of that, I don't know what will. Listen to the Holy Spirit and His Guidance. You won't be let down. YSIC, Virginia

@coachsam
Samuel Chadwell @coachsam ·

Wow... What a beautiful story... Thanks for sharing... I'll be praying for your relationship with your sis, and also for her medical condition.

In Christ,

Coach Sam

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Linda Young @savedbyegrace ·

Oh, Virginia. I'm speechless. God is doing something huge here, girlfriend. Huge.

Esther 4:14 "For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?"

For such a time as this.

I can't wait to see what God is doing in your life, and in Christine's.

Love ya bunches,
Gracie

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Meg Mangilit @nutmeg ·

wow! God is truly mighty! woohoo!

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Jeff Ostema @thereisnogray ·

We keep saying it: "God doesn't do coincidences" Another fine example. Thanks for sharing, Happy.

God bless.

Jeff

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Steph Mccollum @baimarali ·

Wonderful! Wonderful! Happy I am so glad to see that God is helping you reconcile your past. He wants you to be truly happy..surrounded by people who love you! Praise Him for His mighty hand that can take back everything stolen from you! Thanks for the inspiration. Its so good to hear of God moving in the lives of our brothers and sisters!

Steph~

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Madeleine Lewis @maddie ·

Incredible. God Bless. I'm praying for closeness for you and your sister.

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Christina Goodman @kspeach ·

I hope that this is okay for me to respond here.

To find that I have people praying for me from around the globe, perfect strangers, amazes me. Yet it shouldn't, knowing God's power.

Truly, there is no coincidence that Virginia and I spoke when we did. Everything she has posted is true; I'm glad that our Lord led me to contact her when I did, and that He was in her heart. I had actually sent that email some time before; it wasn't a coincidence that she read it when she did, and responded to me when she did.

I don't know where our talking will lead us; I plan on keeping my heart open to let Him lead the way.

Thank you, if not yet my sister, then my SIC, for reaching out to me.

I don't have the greatest relationship with our Saviour right now, which is obviously my own failing. It's something I'm trying to work on. But I also believe that one reason He brought Virginia back into my life, and me into hers, is her Faith in Christ.

I'm not sure if I'll post here again; Virginia was wonderful and open enough to share this blog with me, and I don't want to invade her space posting here. I wanted to thank each of you for your prayers and thoughts.

God bless each of you, especially Virginia and her husband.

Christina

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