Today after God reestablished the peace in my room I was called to the bubble just after the 4:30 pm count. When I gave my name to the officer, he told me to pack my belongings as I was moving from my room downstairs to a room upstairs. I was upset and my roommates were also upset.

Once again my internal arguments with God started. "God, how could you do this? My room has settled down, my roommates and I are getting along, I like where I'm living, and I don't want to move. Even though I prefer to live upstairs as I can get away from the noisy day room, I don't want to move!"

So the Lord very patiently brought these verses to mind:
"Casting all your care upon him for he careth for you." I Peter 5:7
"Be careful for nothing . . ." Philippians 4:6
". . . and ye shall find rest unto your souls . . ." Matthew 11:29
"Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee . . ." Psalm 55:22
I am not conceeding to the Lord on this, so I'm still very upset as I pack up my belongings and lug them upstairs to my new room and meet my new roommates.

I was given a bottom bunk, which I could appreciate. I have two roommates, Jen and Lori, who appear to be nice. My room is at the very back of our wing so it is one of the quietest rooms. I can honestly appreciate all of these things, but I am still not happy with God's new plan for me. And then He reminds me of these two verses:
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." Jeremiah 29:11
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

By now I am unpacking my belongings in my room when one of my new roommates asks me if she can ask me a question. "Sure," I said as I look up at her. She then said, "Joy, do you believed in God?" In shock, I looked at her and said, "yes." Come to find out my two new roommates were terrified they would get a roommate who didn't believe in God. They like to pray, read their Bibles, talk about spiritual things, and listen to preaching together. My anger at moving slowly dissipated as I acknowledged that God knew exactly what He was doing when He moved me. It's easy to forget that I am God's child, and I'm not here on earth to please myself, but rather to please Him.

I have now been in the room for two days. I have shared the plan of salvation with one roommate who didn't feel saved and thought she needed to do something to help her get to heaven. We have prayed together, listened to preaching together, we went to chapel together, we have laughed, shared things God has taught us, and said over and over again how thankful we are that God brought us together in this room. 

(See the June 9, 2021, post)



  1. Isn't it wonderful to KNOW we are God's child and that He cares for us and protects and guides wherever we are. Praying for you, Joy. Donna in Ukraine

  2. Yes, it is. Thank you for praying, Donna!


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