On several occasions I have alluded to where I live as the “Bishop Compound”. If you are wondering what these cows are looking at… they are watching me work in the yard. I guess they find me amusing.
Living out here in the “country” has a lot that is extremely appealing. It’s finally Friday and I look forward to tomorrow morning out on the front porch. I will be looking at the corn field and hopefully a few deer, rabbits, and squirrels.
Well, this evening was not as pleasant. It’s hot! It’s dry and we need rain!!
I thoroughly enjoy driving my Jeep Grand Cherokee. But today – I wish I had a Ford F-150 4X4 full cab truck!
Where I live I don’t have garbage pick up. That means I have to go to the dump. And today it was in my Jeep. I haven’t been to the dump in a long time. The trash that’s actually in the garbage can has been there for a long time. WAY TOO LONG!!! I put my two cans in the back of the Jeep and down the road I went with the most horrible smell on the planet. Did I mention that half of my windows do not roll down and the Air-Conditioner doesn’t work?
I made it back home without puking. I went to clean out the cans. I removed the tops and the smell that was in there was so bad… you guessed it – let the puking begin!
I admire anyone who steps up to the plate of faith and LIVES it OUT LOUD. Today, I have been thinking about the trouble that is often times associated with faith-filled living. Each one of us has “our” cross to carry. Sometimes the silence experienced in life is a welcomed retreat… the kind I am longing for this weekend. Then there are those times of silence when one is walking by faith and in desperate need to hear from God. That’s the kind of silence none of us likes.those days tend to be some of the lonliest!
While reading this morning, Job 42:10 leaped off the pages:
“When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!”
Again in the pages of the Bible, we discover that life is not about ourselves. If anyone has a “right” to complain it would be Job – In my humble opinion. Despite our personal turmoil we are called to pray for and with other people. “When Job prayed for his friends…”
Our FOCUS must be on the purposes of God and not those “things” we want to be blessed with. In silence, we must humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord. Let Him lift us out of our despair. Anything we do on our own will be just that… on our own! So in trouble do what you were created to do and don’t give up! Listen to the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:12 – 18.
12So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
13It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”[a]With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, 14because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. 15All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.