Sunday, May 8, 2011

Here We Go Again

Day 310 in my "Year In My Life through Pictures" blog series

Looks like we are back into a rainy cycle again. I think it might look a little deceptive though, because the forecast is below 50% each day for rain. It's spring time after all, when we are supposed to be getting rain, just not as much as we have for the past 4 weeks or so.

One forecast that I heard today sounded really good, the Ohio River here is forecast to drop 3 feet before Thursday. That is great news for many homes that are currently flooded. We have several in my church family that have a lot of water still in their homes and are eager to get to work repairing the damage caused from the flooding. These families are being rocks to their communities and to their co-workers. They are showing their reliance on God and placing their perceived strength firmly on His shoulders. A compliment of "You're doing great through all of this, you're a super person" is turned around into "No, I have a super God that I depend on for my strength". That is what it's all about, showing the Lord to others and pointing the lost to Him.

Any trial that we are put in, to refine us, is ultimately to glorify our God. It may not be a very fun time, definitely not a "best life now" situation, but through it and by it a testimony to God's grace and provision are found. Those gifts from God are then revealed to others, wither to strengthen them through their trial or to point them to the Strength of the trial. God's plan is rather simple if you understand it - Glorify Him through the good times and the bad times. That's it. Always point to Him in every situation, stay focused on the Lord and everything else will be dim in comparison.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

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