What much is there to say? I venture to guess that if we were to sit down over coffee (which would be awesome) we would find out that we are much alike.
Like every life, mine has been marked by blessing and punctuated by painful experiences. But as the Psalmist says, “from my youth I have been cast upon You (God).” He is my lover and I am quite attached to Him.
For a long time, I had trouble enjoying life. Even though I knew God and loved Him, I knew I wasn’t promised a rose garden. In fact, I’d spent enough time among the weeds to know that full well.
That all changed for me in a most unlikely way. One day after reading Little Town on the Prairie, Laura, (thank the Lord) records one of the wisest comments I have yet to read in book-dom. After lamenting that Pa’s entire harvest was destroyed (yet again) she asked her mother what it was all for. And then came the words that changed my life:
“This earthly life is a battle,” said Ma. “The sooner you make your mind up to that, the better off you are, and the more thankful for your pleasures.”
I could hear a pin drop on the floor of my fearful heart. I had permission. Permission to say…this life is hard…BUT…tonight’s sunset is beautiful.
And that changed everything.
The longer I live the more I believe in embracing, relishing, squeezing tight, the good gifts of God. We are all born under an occupation. The prince of this world is at war with everything good. Until Jesus Christ comes back and reigns, we have to deal with the fallout. But, there also are the vestiges of His good creation. There is His world, His Word, and these marvelous beings called humans…made in His image. There is art, cuisine, natural wonders, the gospel, the Psalms, dogs that don’t shed….I could go on and on.
That’s why I have this blog…to go on and on holding tight to the goodness of God with both hands while I wait for the shelling to stop. For the ultimate ceasefire. For His Kingdom come.
“God is most glorified when we are most satisfied in Him.” John Piper
–Elizabeth Bridges Hiett
P.S. I believe that the sermons you find here by Teaching Pastor Wil Owens are, without a doubt, fantastic.