My friend, may I ask you a question? Is trusting God while doing something constructive yet imperfectly, knowing that He will “pick up the slack” caused by our human imperfection, allowing us joy and peace in the midst of every storm.
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
I have an old umbrella that’s lays on the passenger seat of my car, just within reach should a sudden, morning shower pop up and I’ve had to park some distance from my downtown office. Usually I try to run the gauntlet and risk getting wet. Sometimes, when the rain is too hard and the distance to great, that old umbrella really comes in handy. The funny thing about it, though, is this. Even with umbrella in hand, I can’t remember ever staying completely dry. I guess it’s the nature of rain and wind. Nevertheless, I still take it along. Getting a little wet is always better than getting drenched.
It’s that way with harm in our lives. We trust God, but there are times when a little harm just seems to get through.
A thought from Don Russell: My father was raised on a farm and I recall his advice “God helps those who help themselves”. As a kid I thought he meant God would help those who take what they can when they can. Now I see that he meant something much different. He came from a daily routine of dirt, animals and hard work every day. Yet, there’s a lot of trust that goes into motivating that hard work. That’s why I’ve always been in the habit of putting a whole lot of prayer behind anything before I undertake it. My feeling is that “God DOES help them that help themselves”, just as long as they help themselves to a whole heap of asking before they do the doing. When Sue and I first married my zeal for God frightened her family. Her mother said, “He’ll just sit in a chair and pray while your babies starve”. Well that didn’t happen. We trusted God through all manner of hardship and challenges. Our boys are now 20 and 22 years old. God is faithful in Christ Jesus to do what He says He will do for those who “trust in Him”. (Chaplain Don Russell)
Trusting God and doing something constructive knowing that He will “pick up the slack” caused by our human imperfection allows joy and peace in the midst of every storm. Facing the storm head on, standing firm in faith and ignoring human fear, offers more than hope, joy and peace, it provides “the power of the Holy Spirit”. That power causes confidence and motivation even when the storms touch our lives. He always delivers us from the storm but he doesn’t promise we won’t get wet.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)
We pray. Lord You send us many challenges throughout our lives. Sometimes they seem manageable and others not so much. Yet, face them we must. Help us Father to face the storms head on, standing firm in faith and ignoring human fear, as You offer more than hope, joy and peace, as You provide “the power of the Holy Spirit” himself to our lives. That power causes confidence and motivation even when the storms touch our lives and cause us great fear. Continue Lord to deliver us from the storms even though we know you have never promised we won’t get wet. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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