Faith that smiles?

My friend, may I ask you a question? When painful things happen in our lives, do you want God to do a removing job; to keep you safe from the pain. Or do we ask, “Will it hurt?” Oftentimes when the answer is “Yes,” is our reaction sorrow, not joy that God Himself is there, supervising the hurt?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

Lately the snow is deep here at Beech Springs. We’ve had over two feet of the white stuff in the last several weeks and when the snow gets deep, snowplowing with the old John Deere can become difficult. The problem is the size of the snow banks along the edge of the driveway tends to pull the snowplow into the snow at an angle as opposed to cutting a nice straight edge along the bank. Well, there’s a fairly steep embankment under those piles of snow and the tractor can easily be pulled from the solid footing of the driveway to the soft footing of the snowbank. It’s a matter of opposing the natural inclination of the tractor to dig into the bank by steering away from it; creating a straight path up and down the driveway. It’s not easy to do and my straight lines usually ends up looking more like a meandering line than not.

Working hard to keep a straight path with a snowplow requires a lot of hard work. Walking a straight and trusting path through life requires a lot less skill and a whole lot more faith.

Here’s a story: A little girl walked daily to and from school. One day the weather had turned bad but she made her daily trek any way. As the afternoon progressed, a storm whipped up with thunder and lightening. The little girl’s mother felt concerned that her daughter would be frightened as she walked home, fearing that the electrical storm might harm her child. Following the roar of thunder, lightening, like a flaming sword, would cut the sky. Full of concern, she quickly got into her car and drove along the route to her child's school. As she did, she saw her little girl walking along, but at each flash of lightening, the child would stop, look and smile. Another and another were to follow quickly, each with the little girl stopping, looking at the streak of light and smiling. Finally, the mother called her over to the car and asked, "What are you doing?" The child answered, "God just keeps taking pictures of me and I want to make sure I am giving my best smile." (Author unknown. If anyone has a proprietary interest in this story please authenticate and I will be happy to credit, or remove, as the circumstances dictate.)

Life is full of storms. We can choose to face them with a smile and keep walking straight or we can become anxious and face the eventual train wreck that’s likely when we run away, trying to escape the storm. A straight and steady path does- n’t guarantee we won’t ever be in danger or be blocked from time to time. It does mean that God will continue to give our lives direction, purpose and focus when we face life’s trials with a smile and a steady walk. God will surely guide us around and through life’s troubles. Our walk may be like that snowplowed path, a bit of a meander from time to time; but when that meander is steady, it leads to a path straight into heaven. I guess that ought to rate a smile any time.

We pray. Gracious Father, as we begin a new day, help us to engage your will with a reckless, smiling faith. Teach us to trust in You, and help us grow in righteousness. Heavenly Lord, give us the courage to step out in faith this day and every day. When the storms of life face us, may we have a smiling faith that trusts in You fully. Fill our hearts with your Spirit, and let us speak Your words with pride. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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