So right now there is thunder and it is raining icy rain. It will likely turn into snow tonight. It is always so crazy how fast the weather changes when a storm rolls in. The weather up here in Flagstaff was gorgeous all week–I was out raking pine needles, running around in bare feet with the kids, and even watching our bulbs in the back yard start peeking up out of the ground. And now they will probably be buried under a foot of snow.
I think life is like this sometimes too. We can feel like we are cruising along really enjoying family life and ministry, and then a bump in the road comes. Sometimes it completely shatters the peaceful feeling of everything. I can begin to see the glass as half empty instead of half full in every area of life. And why? Because of a circumstance…
That is not how I want to live life. No matter what happens to us, God does not change who he is or how much he loves us. When the kids are going through a season of temper tantrums, it doesn’t change how God sees me or them–we are still his precious children, and my life in Him is secure. When ministry isn’t going as well as I would like, it doesn’t change that God WILL receive glory and honor when I continue to point to Him with my words and life, and that the truth of the GOSPEL shines even brighter in the darkness of hurting lives.
I was recently reading in Colossians, and was impressed once again by the joy and thanksgiving and “Christ-as-all” focus that Paul has throughout the whole book. And those things do not change under any circumstance, because of what Christ HAS accomplished–it is done, secure. “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Col 1:13-14)