The next day I put this Godly advice into action and as it was starting to work

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  • September 7, 2014

Since meeting Rob and Jody, I have learned so much. If I had to choose one moment where I just kind of stepped back and said “wow that was God” it would be one of my more recent ones. It all began when I had been uneasy for a few weeks and Rob took time out of his week to talk to me, which Rob and Jody do quite often without complaining. During this 4 hour talk, Rob and I went over multiple scriptures and how to truly meditate on them. The next day I put this Godly advice into action and as it was starting to work, I truly got excited about the Word of God, instead of it being my duty to read and memorize.

There was one passage in particular that we went over that day but it never really stuck to me for about two weeks. I continued to meditate on all the passages anyway. And one week-end when I went to do a roofing job with my dad,which I had never done before, I realized that roofing was more physically demanding then any other job I had ever done before. I’m not unhealthy. I play soccer at a high level which keeps me fit. But this seemed to be impossible. The task I had to complete was to carry 50 bundles of shingles, that each way 70 pounds or so, up two sets of scaffolding totaling 12 feet, which is like climbing up a ladder that goes straight up. I started off positive, but it quickly changed to a very depressing and demoralizing job. In 3 hours I had only carried up 12 bundles which is the equivalent to a bundle of shingles every 20 minutes. This is basically a lot of wasted time. If I continued at this pace, it would take me 9 more hours to complete the task. which doesn’t include all the other duties that I had to complete.

I had been praying and begging God for help and I got nothing. I felt completely exhausted! I attempted to carry my 13th bundle of shingles up but as I reached the top of the scaffolding the bundle slipped off my shoulder and fell to the ground. I just got off the scaffolding and sat down in exhaustion, I had nothing left, there was no more I could do. The sweat had drenched through my shirt, I was cut up everywhere from the shingles, which feel like sandpaper being rubbed all over your skin. My back was in so much pain I felt like it would never be straight again. Then when it seemed that all hope was gone, I remembered the verse that Rob had told me about, the exact one that never stuck before, I remembered Isaiah 40: 28-31 “Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” This hit me and I told God this and I prayed to him and I persisted. Around my 15th bundle, I was able to get up the scaffolding and down it in under 3 minutes. i continued at this pace for the whole 50 bundles. The Lord had given me new strength and he made it possible to complete my task. This is how God has used Rob and Jody in my life. Sometimes the little things they do or say are the most important because 1 King 19:12 “And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.”.
-A.J.

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