No Earthly Explanation
I'm thinking back to that day at the store and the post office and the rush to get that gift as well as Mother's Day gifts mailed off . . . maybe I mixed up her gift and my mom's, I'm thinking. Yet, what I got my mom wouldn't have caused that response in her - she could've thought mom's gift was for her. So I call her back and she says, "I got the package, but I KNOW this isn't what you sent me." So I ask her what she means - what was in the package? She responds with, ". . . A Marilyn Manson CD." "WHAT?!?!" I say in utter amazement!
The desire comes to rationalize how on earth this could have happened . . . But that's the issue. I know you can't rationalize it in an earthly way. But I ask the question anyway . . . "Was it my package, in my handwriting?" and she said yes. She tells me that the package had a stamp on it saying it was resealed at the post office in the town she lives in. Also, the card I sent her was in there as well as a calendar I sent my niece. I'm still tripping out! She wonders if I might have gotten someone else's stuff in my bag at the store. "Karen," I say, "do you know what I got you for your birthday? Do you know that I did not even buy a CD that day? I bought you a Joyce Meyer devotional book! I was at the store, asking God what He wanted me to get you for your birthday and there's the book - it stands out to me. I put it in a brand new bubble envelope package and seal it myself - tightly - at the post office!" There is no reason for the package to come open. No one is searching among all the packages at the post office for a devotional book so they can play a trick on someone by putting that CD in there. WHATEVER! "Karen, do you realize that God wanted you to have that book and the enemy didn't!" Yet she still hopes for the post office to explain what happened or for me to offer up some plausible, earthly explanation . . . but there is none.
What does the enemy really think he is getting in this deal? I mean really - like she was going to play the CD - NOT! Two benefits come to mind. First, it lets me know that I hear from God and the enemy doesn't like it. Second, it has made it so obvious that the enemy is as real as God is. This pushes all of my family out of their rational minds to try to explain it! The truth is the spiritual realm is as real as the earthly realm.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Galatians 6:12