2018: Page 49

Some thoughts, lessons, and/or reflections from the day:

  • Page 49 was a beautiful, and full, day from start to finish so I’m doing the writing of the page the next morning.
  • With snow arriving Saturday night, I was up early on Sunday to make sure the walks were clear at the building.  The snow hadn’t amounted to much, so it was pretty quick work to run the snow shovel across what needed done and then put down some ice melt for the problem areas.
  • When unwanted, and dangerous, stuff begins to accumulate in our life, it is easier to remove it before it adds up and then take care of any difficult areas rather than wait until it is either “worth our time” or “takes care of itself”.  If those become our two options, we will likely never deal with the problems.
  • As I was finishing up the sidewalks, the sun began to crawl up over the eastern horizon and the scattered clouds diffused the light to create a “chalk drawing” scene — of course I went inside and grabbed a camera. 🙂
  • We had a good worship gathering as David continued a sermon series he is working on through the book of Acts.  Today’s sermon looked at God behind the scenes.
  • The main points of the sermon dealt with what we choose to give the greatest consideration to as we live life.
    • Consider Circumstances:  This is often our default consideration as our circumstances are easiest to see — at least from a surface perspective.  Circumstances can give us a snapshot of what’s going on in a life at any given time.  By viewing them accurately, we can see what we’re up against and what we may have going for us.  The downside of considering circumstances is when we give them too much weight in our mind.  Circumstances never reveal the whole story — especially when we are looking at the circumstances of another’s life.  Circumstances are the surface view and the short range view, not a view of the heart or a big picture view.  There is nothing wrong with considering our circumstances.  In fact, it is generally a wise thing to do as long as we look at them in view of our main consideration — God.
    • Consider God:  This is often the missing element when the consideration of our circumstances gets us down.  One of my favorite verses says, “Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”  In all circumstances we ought to consider God as He is the one that has had a view of those circumstances from the very beginning and He can see clearly the results they can bring about in our life.  When we consider God, it is good to consider the work God has done in the lives of the people we read about in the Bible and the people we read about in history; but it is also imperative that we consider the work God has done, and continues to do, in our own life!  
  • After the worship gathering and lunch, I spent some more time working on setting up my new computer then we headed out for a family adventure to see what we could find to photograph.
  • By the time the day was over, we had found two different snowy owls, some beautiful lakefront scenes, a group of paddle boarders braving the Lake Michigan water, a stunning sunset, and dinner at Subway.
  • As the day was filled with beautiful scenes, today’s photo will actually be several photos taken throughout the day that give a glimpse into the beauty God shared with us.

One thought on “2018: Page 49

  1. Circumstances. Yep. It is never easy to figure out what is going on in the life or heart of someone else. We just have to remember to look at life with our “Spirit” eyes and try to see God in all things.

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