Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Appointments by God

Hey, Y'all,
Do you beiieve that many times we are appointed by God to be in certain places at given times? I do, because I believe that God is all-knowing, all-seeing, and is fully aware of everything going on or that will be happening in our lives. I just want to relate some of the times that I think God appointed me to be in given places.

When I was working at my first job in Knoxville as an 18-year old high school graduate, I was living in a one-room apartment with my mother, who worked at the Holston Knitting Mill. We lived in Knoxville, working during the week, and then went home to the farm in New Market on the week-ends. We were renting from an aunt who owned her mother's house (my grandmother on my dad's side of the family). My aunt lived in the front room of the house, and our room was in back of hers. On the opposite side of the hallway was a three room apartment, rented by a young married couple. The girl and I became acquainted. She worked at one of the dime stores in Knoxville and had seen a friend of hers who was home from serving in the U.S. Army. She said he was real cute and set us up for a date.

The young man courted me for a few weeks and then proposed. I accepted, and we were married early in January of 1952. I believe that was a God appointed meeting. Out of our marriage came two beautiful girls, who are now in their fifties, and are loved by many people, and who have had a great impact on those around them. We separated eight years later, due to mistakes on both our parts.

Another instance of what I consider to be a God-appointed meeting was when I met my second husband, more than fourteen years later, when we were both teaching summer school.
Out of that meeting, and subsequent dating, we were married and I gained a life-long friend and help-mate. He is loved by both the girls and their families, and loves them devotedly.

We moved to Florida in June of 2004. I had no idea that it would be a life-changing move for Gramps and me. In August of that year, it was discovered that I needed bypass heart surgery. The doctor that we had chosen to be our new family doctor discovered in July that I had two heart murmurs. He sent me to specialists and after several tests, I was checked into the hospital and had triple by-pass surgery and a pacemaker installed in my chest. My daughter, Teresa, who we were living with, and her husband, Tom, gave me such excellent care. I know that God had appointed us to be there.

When we were in Ohio recently, I know that we were there because we were meant to be. We were in the right place at the right time for Gramps to be helped when he needed it.

I believe also, that we moved back to Tennessee when we were most needed here. I know that had we not been here, we would not have been able to be of assistance to my sister and to my brother and two sisters-in-law. I also know that many of the good times we have been able to share with both Gramps family and my family would have been missed.

Yes, for sure, God guides us, when we let HIm, and He appoints places for us to be for our good and for the good of others. Now, may God's richest blessings be felt by you and yours. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. Rest well tonight. Bye for now.

2 comments:

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

Ruby this was a very uplifting blog,I too believe we have to be in a certain place at a given time.
Otherwise many friendships would go by the board and would have missed out . I am a firm believer our lives are mapped out for us, I lost my mother in july 1998, 3 days later my husband was diagnosed with brain cancer and he too left me 2 months later. It was then I started to write poetry which I enjoy and have helped charities, so yes I do so much agree with you, Take care both of you.

YVONNE.

azdarlene said...

I also believe that God puts us where he wants us at a specific time. He knows what we are going to do and who we are going to meet that we can influence or going to be influenced by.
Check your email for web site for Kevin and Ericas wedding photos.

I am thankful that you all are in my life.
Love you all,
Darlene