Weather Report From Heaven: Sunny and bright, with an abundance of light and lots of singing and rejoicing.
Scripture – “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.” Lamentations 3:22-25
Thought of the day- We are living in tough times right now. Many people are not doing very well, and I am keenly aware of the pain and struggles going on all around me. It breaks my heart to see so much pain and brokenness in the world. But one thing I have learned that can sustain me through anything I face is that I am not alone in the battle. The Lord is with me in the fight. This makes all the difference. It did for King David and it does for me. Psalm 23:4 has become a go to verse to help me overcome severe trials like we are all facing now: “Even though I walk through the darkest valley I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff,they comfort me” Life continues on and each generation has their own challenges.Therefore, we all need a firm foundation we can turn to for strength. God alone can provide the strength we all need. We also need a big dose of perspective!
I looked in the mirror this morning and wondered where all the time had gone. Sometimes, it all seems very much like a dream. Older and somewhat wiser, although certainly open to debate depending on the day and the occasion, I realized that I am seriously on the back nine of my life. Age waits for no man, and it is certainly not waiting for me! The lines are getting deeper and the eyes are getting weaker, but yet it struck me this morning that I wouldn’t change a thing. God has me right where he wants me, and I am content with this season of life, even during these storms which have quickly come upon us. I have a great wife and two children and a dog who loves me and I wouldn’t go back in time even if I could, but only because Jesus is with me. He keeps me content and satisfies the deepest yearnings of my soul. Lamentations 3:22-25 above is a good refrain to start each day with. I have learned lots of lessons, with age comes wisdom, and my youthful exuberance has left its mark, but it is well with my soul, if not my body. I am fatter than I’d like around my waist, it takes a long time to pee, and also to see any results from my gym workouts now, and I have hair where I don’t want it and not enough where I do want it, and I wake up sore and achy many days. But each morning, I am thankful that the Lord’s by my side. I make mistakes every day, but they don’t bother me as much. I want to be liked by all I meet, but it doesn’t matter to me as much anymore if they don’t. God knows my heart and my compassion for all of mankind, and if others don’t feel that or understand it, then that is OK as well. I try to complain less and appreciate more, quite the opposite of when I was younger. This morning it hit me hard that I was aging right before my very eyes. And despite all we are going through right now, I was OK with it!