This week has surely been a blessed one!
A week of miracles, a week of togetherness, a week of tiny revelations, a week of growth. Of course, this week hasn’t gone by without it’s fair share of less than glorious moments either, but really, who’s got it that good?
I did my best to stay prayed up, finished off Ecclesiastes and am on my way to finding peace, and received the good news that the cancer that was taking up residency in my mom’s lungs can no longer be identified as cancer, as reported by the doctors who reviewed both sets of suspicious tissues from two different procedures. No, she did not undergo any type of treatment or change her lifestyle…she added to her lifestyle. She started opening herself up to God more, little by little each day. God…does the body good! Seems He can cure cancer! Glory be to God…Amen!
So every Monday night my wife, daughter, and I watch Dancing With The Stars with my wife’s mom. Sometimes we watch the Results Show together too, but it depends on whose house we started at on Monday night. This week, we all spent Monday and Tuesday together, as Mama-T spent the night. She was here when we got the good news and was able to share the joy with us. After all, she was praying for my mom too. Heck, there were people praying for my mom that never even met her or even knew she existed. But spending time with people brings about a sense of closeness, knowing each other, about each other, having a good time with each other, talking with each other, getting to know a person’s true self behind the laptops, smartphones, mp3 players and computerized book things. Having to rely on just each other for communication and entertainment is getting to be a very boring and tough task for families and friends to do lately. I’ve noticed…because I can’t help but to notice…
Have you ever been in a public place and looked around you to see how many people are looking down at their “gadget?” My wife and I spent forty-five minutes on the rail the other day, one way at least, noticing how many people were in their own little world…texting, reading their pad, listening to their mp3 player, not even bothering to acknowledge the person that is sitting right beside them. And should that person acknowledge them, they won’t be heard anyway…everyone has ear-buds permanently implanted in their ears.
So that led to a revelation. That when Jesus comes back…He’s gonna have a big problem! If He doesn’t break through all forms of gadgets so people can hear Him through their ear-buds, and if He doesn’t send out a mass text message, or if He’s not on T.V….sooooo many people are gonna miss Him.
No, really, my revelation was that people need to get back in touch with each other. Keep it simple, keep it with love, keep it meaningful. Get on the train, take time to talk with your neighbor, you just may make their day…or they may make yours, either way, what do you have to lose? Everything else is meaningless and will be there when you get of the train…oh, and spread the Word if you can…God likes that, and you start feeling better about yourself the more you do it. It’s like, the more you talk about something the more you take on the characteristics or the feelings of it…so the more you talk about Christ and His good works, the more you become Christ-like and are able to easily do good works of your own.
At least, that’s what the teacher in Ecclesiastes and Paul in Philippians lead me to believe, and I have to believe in what they say, as teachers, if I’m expected to know The Lord and grow in my relationship with Him.
I know I have been maturing, slowly, but it counts. And I’m human, with stumbling blocks, so sometimes I get stuck or fall back, but I’ll get there. Some things, apparently, need to be hammered out a little bit more than others before I can move on to the next, and being that I’m not really the one who has laid my path, yet only decides how to walk it, it doesn’t really seem to be up to me which blocks I have to hammer away at. Lately, it seems, patience and anger.
That, too, with prayer and God’s help, seems to be something I’m maturing in. I’ve had a few small reasons to get angry this week, teenage daughter reasons, but I handled them quite well…in a fair but firm manner. As for the reasons behind why I would have gotten angry in the first place…well, I guess we just have to keep praying about those ones. As for the patience, well, it’s almost a forced hand right now, but it’s how I’m dealing with that hand that’s impressive.
I had to sell my truck this week, take an evil loss on it, although it would have been a lot more difficult to come up with the money for repairs when it decided it was going to kick the bucket. So now we’re down to one car again, which typically works out fine, except for when we need to be in two different places at the same time, which isn’t very often. So now I sit with a small down payment and my eye on a certain type of car, and so close to the ability to go drive off some lot that might have it in the price range that we can work it out so that it doesn’t break us. Typically, this is something we try to handle quickly, as neither one of us like to be without a vehicle, but, we’re not in that comfortable of a position right now, and furthermore, I’m not really sweatin’ it that much. The man says he can’t work the deal with what I have to offer, no problem. Usually I’d walk away all bummed out and pout about it…but I really don’t even give it a second thought now. Why should I? There’s nothing I can do about it! I can’t go grow another thousand dollars just to get THAT car…and besides, it didn’t have an arm rest…the other one did! There’ll be another one…another day…
I tell ya, Ecclesiastes is almost like a guide to hippie-tude. It’s all good! And then in Philipians, Paul tells us that we should let go of what’s behind us and grasp on to what is ahead of us so that we may be Heaven-bound…and that, at any given point in time, we can only give what we have within us to offer…so don’t try so hard, and don’t sweat it if we’re not up to the task yet. At that point, it all goes back to Ecclesiastes…everything has a time and a place!
Geez, The Bible is a great self-help book, great treasure map, great book of prose! I mean, Matthew was an excellent map of the Truth and how to live your life according to God, Job was an amazing, almost “Greek Tragedy” kind of story that I would love to re-enacted on screen or stage, Ecclesiastes was almost like chillin’ with some old hippie teacher, smokin’ a bowl and ranting about the world, but in the end you gain wisdom and appreciation, and Philippians gives you a little personal look from Paul, like finding a long lost letter, with a little bit about himself, his journey, and how he continues to encourage and guide people through Faith. Thank you, God, for all of it!
Philippians 3:13 – 16 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus 15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
~Dearest Heavenly Father, thank you for all the blessings you have bestowed upon us and continue to bestow upon us, for all the miracles You work within us, within our lives, our hearts, our minds and our spirits, enabling us to live and be healthy, live and be joyful, live and be wise. Please wrap your loving arms around all those who need your Love and Kindness in their times of need who may need an extra boost of faith and comfort. Please watch over all of us in our health concerns, happiness, and travels, most especially over your servant, and our Talon, who will be joining the ranks of the United States Military this week, to further serve You, The Lord, by serving your people. Please wrap your arms around all those who love him and will miss his immediate presence and voice, help them feel comfort and content in knowing that You, Lord, are protecting him and that he is on to the next stage in his Heaven-bound journey. All these things, I ask, in your most high and precious name, Lord. Amen~