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Piece of Clay - Job 33:6
As I am writing this, it is cold outside. It is also spring time by the calendar. Sun is shining, flowers line the road side yet I am having to wear a coat. It seems like old man winter is mad at us and is trying to leave us alone but cannot stop sticking his head back in the room yelling, “And another thing!” I want him to just go away for about six months. I catch myself day dreaming these days about mowing the lawn in the summer heat.
It is just like the weather to remind me that better days are ahead. Soon, at some point, the jackets will go into the closet for their long summer nap. Smoke will again rise from our grills and the sun will still give light at 9:00 at night. Of course, bugs will be out and around the middle of August we will be begging the weatherman for some cooler temps, but for now I am looking forward to better weather days.
That sentiment goes beyond weather patterns too. Again, as I step outside into the sunshine and flowers with my coat on, I do so in a world where school shootings are the rule and not the exception. Where every politician I know of dislikes all the other politicians I know and vice versa. There has been a recent string of bombings in Texas that is thankfully over. Tornados have recently ripped through homes and schools belonging to our neighbors in Alabama. Each and every one of those moments serve as a reminder that we are indeed living in a Genesis 3 world. This place is a mess.
Can I remind you of weather lesson above? Better days are coming. We indeed are in a Genesis 3 world that is wrecked by sin but we are a John 3 people. We have the hope and peace of mind that we have not been left here or forgotten about. Understand this truth, scripture does not plan or promise us easy lives here. If you have read the Bible you know that many of our Bible heroes did not have easy lives, yet the promise is that better days are coming.
Let us strive to live as those from the Bible and from our faith history who lived faith to God during the trying days of winter and trust that spring is right around the corner.
These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city. – Hebrews 11:13-15