2016: Page 300

It is hard to believe I’m already at page 300 in this photo-and-page-a-day adventure I’ve been on this year!  In just two months time, Christmas will be over and we’ll be looking at the end of one year and the beginning of the next.  Today has been a rainy day with an extra chill in the air because of the dampness.  It has made me glad I began the cool to heat changeover yesterday in the building.  My day began with the usual early morning cleaning and building prep.  Once everything in the building was ready for the day, I checked on the boilers and continued the system changeover from cooling mode to heat.  This time of year is a delicate balance as it become very easy to confuse the system and make things either way too hot or way too cold.  After I was satisfied with the settings for today, the rest of the morning and into the afternoon was spent wearing my accounting hat as I worked on the church missions account as well as the Impact Prayer Ministry account.  By mid-afternoon I realized I was out of address labels, so a quick trip to the store remedied that so I could finish up a mailing.  I eventually made it to a very late lunch and then back to the building to finish up the final details for the lesson I taught tonight.  I’m starting to write today’s page as the building clears out after tonight’s classes and will then spend a couple hours or so cleaning and getting the building ready for tomorrow.

In the first through third grade class I’m teaching on Wednesday evenings, we are taking a journey through the Bible and tonight’s lesson used the story of Abraham to teach that God keeps His promises.  No matter how impossible the promise may seem from our perspective, no matter how limited our sight may be, no matter how stormy the night, no matter how perilous the waves; God always keeps His promises.  I wonder how often along the journey Abram asked of God, “Are we there yet?”.  I wonder what caused Abram to have a faith that stood out in a way that God chose him.  I wonder if I have a faith that not only gets God’s attention but that is following Him fully.  The writer of Hebrews commends Abraham for his faith by saying, “Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.”  The same writer, inspired by the same Spirit, tells us to “keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”  Abraham had his eyes fixed on an eternal dwelling whose architect and builder was God Himself.  Are our eyes fixed on that same destination?

As I was finishing up the cleaning tonight, I thought about this lighthouse photo I took Sunday evening.  As I’ve been photographing lighthouses, I’ve learned that all of them have the same purpose but not all of them have the same function.  All of them are designed to help guide those on the water to safety.  Some do so simply as a warning device, letting navigators know of dangerous rocks or shallow waters that must be avoided.  Others serve as navigational aids, guiding ship traffic safely into harbor.  Because God always keeps His promises, His Word serves as both a warning device and a navigational aid.  It warns us of dangerous life choices and it also guides us into the safety of God’s family.  When I am tempted, I can gaze into the beacon of God’s Word and be warned of the dangers that lurk below the surface of the temptation.  When I find myself in the midst of a storm, I can always go to the lighthouse of God’s Word and know that it will guide me through the darkest of nights.  When I am lost, I can fix my eyes on Jesus and know that He will lead me safely into the fold of His love.

I pray that you and I would pay attention to the changing spiritual climate in our nation and our world.  I pray that we would remain faithful to God no matter what.  I pray that our faith would direct us in following Jesus with each step we take.  I pray that we would keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as He leads us heavenward on this journey of life.  I pray that God’s Word would not only be “a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path”, but that it would be the source of our comfort and strength.

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