Tuesday, February 28, 2012

What a difference a day makes! 
Last Friday we drove from Roseburg to Bend, Oregon via Willamette Pass.  The entire trip we enjoyed the sunshine and bare pavement arriving in Bend to sixty-five degrees people biking and playing tennis. Saturday morning, just fourteen hours later we woke to twenty-eight degrees and four inches of snow.

What a difference a day makes!
One day we can feel confident in our faith, convinced that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.  We wake up the next morning not sure of anything and feel as though God is far from us.  In reality, nothing has changed except our attitude.  You've been there, your spouse notes that, "Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed."  Sometimes it is no more than fatigue from our world of busyness.  That great theologian, Vince Lombardi said it best, "fatigue makes cowards of us all."
God's word has a great deal to say about the need for rest.  Not just sleep but true rest which includes a confidence that our heavenly Father really does have the whole world in his hands.  When we feel doubts rushing in and the weight of anxiety pressing down on our shoulders we need to remind ourselves of God's promises.  If you start reading of them in your Bible you will eventually get to Romans 8:28  "In all things God works for good, to those who love him, for those who are called to his purpose." 

What a difference a day makes!
For there is another Day that will be as the days of Noah when people are simply going about their daily activities, minds focused on the cares of the day when suddenly, "The Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of a trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.  Therefore encourage one another with these words."   I Thessalonians 4:16-18 

Now the question:  Are you ready for that Day?

Yours and His,

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