Until Seven Weeks Have Passed Over

May 15, 2009

Tonight will be the final night of production at AAM Three Rivers as we are heading into a seven week shutdown to match the reduced production schedules of General Motors. While the official plan is to return by July 6, we know that the chariots of Egypt are not something that one should place confidence in. (If General Motors goes down, American Axle will go down also) The enemy has tried to plant seeds of anxiety as uncertainty lies ahead, but the peace of God continues to keep them from sprouting. I don’t know what the fallout will be in the physical realm, and I know that this may sound like grand-standing to some, but my heart has already departed the trappings of this world. It’s not the result of any ten-step program or counciling, but is a place that the Lord has brought me to. When we begin to truly encounter the sweetness of the Lord Jesus, we begin to grasp what he meant when he stated:

Matthew 6:34 “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

When we reach a place where we can truly “believe God” and not focus on the “what if this happens” we’ll have peace that defies all of the experts and lets those around us know that our God is real. As for the “what if this happens”….well….what if?” What if the house goes into foreclosure? My heart isn’t in this temporal dwelling. What if the brook Cherith (or American Axle) dries up? It’s awesome to be still and see the Lord do a work elsewhere. What if the worst possible senario manifests? Would it alter scriptural truth or take away from treasures laid up in heaven? We know that it would not. Any situation in this world; regardless of how traumatic it may seem in the natural, is only for a “very short season.” So short is the season that it doesn’t even register on the calendar of eternity. There is an incredible rest for those who trusting completely in the Lord Jesus, instead of staying awake at night trying to figure it all out.

One change that looks to be taking place is that CR may well be departing the plant; even if we do return in July. The Lord appears to have opened a door in another venue which would truly be an incredible opportunity where he’ll be able to reach a lot of souls. While it will be sad to see CRs departure, it’s always a joy to see the Lord work in such a way that is undeniable. As for me, I’m looking forward to more time to spend in the streets, more time to camp out before the Lord in prayer, and more time to be about the things that have everlasting ramifications. I’m really looking forward to the next seven weeks of being away from AAM.

Well I’ll be going for now. I’ve only had about an hour of sleep and I have to get things around for the cub scout camp this weekend. Please keep Morgan in prayer. She’s in an abusive relationship that appears to have become physically abusive. Yet she keeps going back and the vicious cycle continues on. I’ve never understood why someone would stay in such a relationship, and yet we’ve all heard similar reports. (I have a neice who’s also in an abusive relationship) Morgan and Dustin are two priceless souls, hanging in the balance, while the enemy is striving to run out the clock. As of this moment, Morgan is not at the house where they have been living and nobody knows where she is.

May the Lord grant all of us a greater understanding of what’s really in play as the final moments of the age. We are in the middle of an unfathomable humanitarian crisis as souls are dropping into hell every second and the enemy is playing for keeps. He doesn’t get distracted like we do. Lord Jesus, please open our eyes to the seriousness of this.

I wish to all a blessed weekend in Jesus.


  1. Hi Timbob,

    I appreciate the perspective you shared here. God really does have everything under control,and even in a worse case scenario(such as losing your house, which could possibly happen in our family as well)God is still going to continue being God, and His Word will not change. We just have to keep clinging to Him, because that is really our only security.

    I will keep Morgan in prayer.

    Blessings to you,


  2. Hi Timbob,

    I read your post last night, and while your confidence is clearly secure in Him, I wanted to encourage you further. While material possessions are, in many ways easy to trust Him with, matters of the heart, and flesh and blood, can cause us to seek to lean on our own strength at times.

    After much filling and clearing of the comment screen, I found my own words to be insufficient. God lead me to 1 John 5. No doubt you are more than familiar with these scriptures, but His word is always sure to encourage.

    “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God.” 1 John 5:4-5

    Praise be to God that you are an overcomer of the world. Continue to walk in your faith and

    “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.” 1 John 5:18

    Similarly, we can be assured of His faithfullness to us in these times:

    “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1 John 5:14-15

    I will continue to pray for your family, particularly God’s protection and salvation of your daughter.

    May these seven weeks allow you to draw ever closer to our Lord Jesus Christ, that you may continue to admonish and encourage the saints, and reveal to others the glorious knowledge of Him also.

    Bless you, Timbob.

    Your Aussie sister in Christ.

  3. Timbob,
    Thanks for sharing what’s going on. I rejoice with you in your confidence in our Lord to see you through.
    We never know what changes that will take place in our lives intil we experiance them. Only by His Grace can we endure what comes ahead.
    May God continue to pour out his blessings upon you and your family.

  4. Good morning Carol. Job 13:15 was planted in my heart a few years ago and really changed my outlook concerning physical acquisitions; even the ones considered necessary. Of course only the Lord knows where I’m really at as we’ve not been seriously tested. I’m still sitting in a comfy chair in a comfy house, but the anxiety that once caused many a sleepless nights is gone.

    There really is an out of this world serenity that remains for those in Christ who set their affections firmly on that which is eternal. My wife has observed it from afar. She has acknowledged that she’s not in such a place and that my almost reckless lack of concern for certain things kind of freaks her out. Yet she seems less fearful than in times past and this season, regardless of the outcome, could be the one that brings her into the faith.

    WOO HOO!

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Morgan did show up and is staying with Liz in Three Rivers. (Liz is Dustins ex-girlfriend) So many souls hanging in the balance. Thanks for keeping her in prayer.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

  5. Hi Five Peas. I’ve wrestled with writing, clearing, and rewriting many comments over the past couple of years and so I can fully relate. It’s nice to know that I’m not alone on this.

    The scripture passages are eternal and always good to be reminded of. We are indeed overcomers in Christ. Our names are recorded in heaven and we sojourn in this present world as ambassadors; not as serving our former lusts but as serving the Lord Jesus who redeemed us from everlasting destruction.

    Thanks for the prayers over this family. The complexity of this household are far beyond me and if reacting in the flesh can be very damaging. Sadly I’ve done my share of damage over the years.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings always in Jesus name.

  6. Hi Richard. Indeed we canot stand in our own strength or reasoning. Even when things are going according to plan, we never know what a day may bring forth. The management at work gave us assurance that this layoff would only be seven week, but we know how such things go. Just like GM going into what’s being termed a “surgical bankruptcy” to make it sound less catastrophic.

    I guess “surgical bankruptcy” is the politically correct term for “running out of money and being unale to meet financial obligations.” The hour is late and when it’s all said and done, the only thing that truly matters is the priceless souls for whom Jesus shed his blood.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings always in Jesus name.

  7. Hi Timbob,
    Haven’t dropped past for a while.
    Your words are stirring, with souls dropping into hell each day, as you say “Lord Jesus, please open our eyes to the seriousness of this”
    This is a time to be on our knees for sure….
    May God continue to uphold you by His strong hand.
    Blessings from an Aussie brother.

  8. Hi fleethewrath. May we all grasp the seriousness of neighbors and friends who aren’t ready for eternity. It’s an area where I need continual reminding. Thanks for stopping by.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

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