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My Place At This Time

This has turned out to be a highly rewarding week for me. Tuesday, I took Pat for her first doctors visit after her foot surgery and the result were very promising. We had such a good time encouraging and visiting with these folks. Then Thursday morning we enjoyed visiting with Joe and Linda Dillard for a spell. After that I joined 3 other guys for a trip to Valdese, NC to meet with others for an introduction to the next Brother Night Speaker over lunch. I was so pumped after this meeting, I had trouble going to sleep because my mind was still racing. We spent part of Friday celebrating with my younger brother for his birthday then I spent all day Saturday goofing off with Pat and enjoyed myself completely.

Realizing that there is a lot to pray about this week and the largest focus of most is the hurricane. I have heard everything from Mother nature’s wrath against Trump, to a sure sign of the end of time is upon us, God disciplining us for turning from Him and God is tired of the whole mess. I’m sure that there is a lot more that I haven’t heard and frankly I glad that I haven’t. Honestly, I have no clue! I do believe that we are facing the time for the return of Jesus but have no idea of when that might be. As shown in 2 Peter 3:8 ESV But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. However, I have read to where people have been preaching and predicting His return ever since His ascension. This is where I have to be still with God to find victory over my nature to over think and dissect what is taking place. Should I allow this to happen, the old me removes God from of the equation and sets me smack dab in the middle. God has spent years working this out of me and I aim to help Him with all that I am. I stand on Isaiah 55:8-9 (ESV), 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. I feel that God is leading me to allow Him to love with His love and reach out with His heart. Now I’m not saying that God isn’t up to something with all of this, neither am I speaking against what anyone else has heard from God. I simply wish to state that I think my place is all of this is to open my heart for God to love through it, to bring comfort to those in need and encourage those in need. I believe everyone today needs to be reminded of, Romans 8:35-39 ESV, Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Now that brings comfort to me and I’m not going through a disaster or tough times. God is good and I believe that maybe we lose some of what that means when everything is good for a long time. I am human and prone to accept good times as a matter of fact I will come to expect it and take it for granted when it happens. God knows this and has developed little pot holes, valleys, and walls to bring me back in line with what He created me to be. I have learned that outside of God nothing last forever, everything of this life is seasonal, ergo I will recover from the good or bad and all I need is to be reminded of this with comfort and concern. Until God tells me different I’ll leave the dissecting and over thinking to those that God’s appointed to that and I’ll continue on with Ephesians 4:1-3 ESV, I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.


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