Observation: Here is why I like Craig’s suggestion to do a study that draws us all closer to Christ. In Psalm 1:1-2, David says, “He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of living water. Which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither. And, in whatever he does, he prospers.”
This afternoon, I was taking a break on the patio and listening to a book called, “Survival Guide for the Soul.” It was windy. The trees were blowing hard. But, I noticed that the tree branches that were closer to the trunk of the tree were sturdier than all the rest. In fact, the branches attached directly to the trunk of the tree did not sway at all during the strong winds.
Jennifer and I have gone through several challenges throughout our 17-year marriage that could have broken our spirit or even our marriage.
But, every storm brings us closer to Jesus, the Vine, The Trunk of the tree. The closer we get to him, the (dare I say) easier it gets to handle the next storm.
Update: The day before my interview last Thursday, this verse came to me. “The Lord of Hosts has sworn saying, ‘Surely, just as I have intended, so it has happened, and just as I have planned, so it will stand (Isaiah 14:24).” This gave me a great piece about the interview.
The interview was shorter than expected. Based on that scripture verse, I figured it was either short because God had already caused the interviewer to accept me or it was short because God had already decided that He has something better right around the corner. Today, I learned it was because God has something better than He has yet to reveal.
Jennifer and I are praying verses like this while God has me in this time in the wilderness. “O Lord, You are my God: I will exalt You (regardless). I will give thanks to Your name (regardless of the outcome). For You have worked wonders (beyond what I can see). (I accept Your) plans formed long ago with perfect faithfulness (Isaiah 25:1 with my additions).”
We’re upbeat most of the time and hopeful always. Looking forward to getting back to the regular time with the group.
Thanks for your continued prayers.