Through Good Days And Bad Days
First, I want to thank everyone for the cards, phone calls, hugs, and texts that were given to Merilyn and me after my brother was killed by lightning on July 6. It has been a difficult time for our family but the outpouring of love and care has eased the burden of grief. A great blessing of life is the encouragement of the church family in times of need. I especially want to thank the brothers who filled in for me on Sunday and Wednesday with short notice.
Second, I want to thank and commend all who were involved in our Vacation Bible School. This is the first time in over thirty years that Merilyn and I have not been actively involved in VBS. I have heard that it all went well. The children are the main reason for VBS. The children who came were the beneficiaries of all the work and preparations that went into it. I believe God is pleased when His truth is taught to these little ones. Your efforts could very well have a lifelong—and even eternal!—effect for these children. God bless you for serving in this way!
Third, do you find yourself wishing for winter these days? The heat of this past week has been brutal. The weather forecaster I watched last night said that our temperatures this week have been hotter than some places in Saudi Arabia! Have you noticed the extra haze in the sky? Much of that haze is from dust that has blown halfway across the world from the Sahara desert in North Africa. Many folks are suffering additional sinus and congestion troubles from it. It seems to me that the weather in our part of the world is a good representation for life in general. A large majority of the days of each year in north Texas are reasonably comfortable. They are not too hot or too cold. Many days in our spring and fall seasons are spectacular and beautiful. Then during the winter and summer seasons we have some days that are almost unbearable. Such days are either way too cold or way too hot (like now!). The only thing you can do is suffer through these kinds of days, do what you can to deal with them, and wait for the weather to get better.
Life is like this. Most of the time things are reasonably comfortable. Sometimes things become extreme and difficult. Peter gives this advice in 1 Peter 4:12-13, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.” Always remember through good days and bad days that God will stay with you as long as you stay with Him.