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If I were the late Paul Harvey I would say, "Now this is the rest of the story". Well, I'm not Paul Harvey, but I'll say it anyway (and if you're wondering who Paul Harvey is, Google him, he has some great stories). I left you off last time with the 3 young men about to be thrown into the blazing furnace. And right before, they said this; "If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power. But even if he doesn't, we want to make it clear to you that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up." They determined in their hearts not to go against their God and defile themselves. Their trust in the one they were named after would either come through for them, or leave them dead. But, their Journey wasn't finished.
If you had to Reimagine your Journey, you're not alone. There are millions of us that have been stuck driving in the wrong direction, or not driving at all. And you ask the question a lot of us ask, "why me". But, out of the millions that had to Reimagine their Journey, there is a great percentage that have determined in their heart not to quit and give up. Are you one of these? I am. Believe me when I say that it's hard. It's hard to get up every new day and say "I trust you Lord". And even if you don't come through, I'll still trust you. Isn't that what the 3 young men said. Don't miss the point to all this. You might say, "but God came through for them." Think about it though. They would have died. Capital DIED! You get to live in your situation. They would have been dead. Not living. Gone, Kaput! Over Rover! You get the point, I hope.
God came through! As the story goes, they were thrown into the blazing furnace, that even killed the people that threw them in, and God showed up. No, literally He was in the fire with them, because the king said, "didn't we tie up three men and throw them into the furnace? Look! I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the fourth looks like a god!" They were brought out with not even a hair on their body singed. The best part of this story is through God's Reimagined Journey for these 3 young men, they not only were saved from death, but they were promoted to even higher positions.
Are you ready to be promoted? I want to encourage you today to not give up on your dreams. You might have been through the fire, or still in it. God will bring you through. Trust in him. And ohhhh, what a story it will be.
You can read all of the story in Daniel 3:1-30.