"One thing I have asked of the Lord, that shall I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple." Psalm 27:4 (NASB)
Friday, September 4, 2009
Good News, Bad News - Worst News, Best News
Good News: The check for auction items arrived 3 days after the sale. Very organized auctioneers.
Bad News: Despite the comment that "you have really good stuff," the amount failed expectations and hopes. The cost was higher than the reward.
Good News: It covers property taxes. Just a house. Just land.
Bad News: I miss that Amish rocker, walnut washstand, various crocks, milk bottles, family heirlooms, and other stuff.
Good News: Just small stuff. Less to lose. Bonds broken. Freedom.
Bad News: A lot of what we see on television and in the paper. And in our own lives. Not small stuff.
Worst News: Fires. Earthquakes. Hurricanes. Kidnappings. Rapes. Murders. Child Abuse. Broken marriages. Drugs. Prodigal children. Accidents. Suicides. Job loss. Unwed pregnancy. Poverty. Chronic illness. Cancer. Death. ____________ Fill in the blank. Best News: God sees. God knows. God cares. He weeps with us. He holds us. He comforts us. And when the world, our world, swirls into an F5, He inhabits the center. Calm. Peace in the midst. In control.
One day this earthly tent will spin out of the storm and land not next to a yellow brick road but next to a golden street and a mansion prepared for me.
The reward higher than the cost.
"And I heard a voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away." And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." And He said, "Write, for these words are faithful and true." Then He said to me, "It is done. I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son." (Revelation 21:3-7 ~ NASV)
What storm envelops you today? Will you cling to Him with hope?