I regret the delay getting this off. Tuesday was a weird day, with some stuff going on and some of it was behind my eyeballs. Some of it was in the outer world as well, and I was a bit off-stride. So I lost track of time and some other things as well.
We are now certainly into Spring. Officially, anyway. Doesn't feel like my every dream come true, but there are no blizzards going on, I've had something to eat and had a warm bed last night, snuggled with the woman I love. God allowed all of this, in fact He arranged it. I'm grateful.
We had a real blessing yesterday. I was at the local market, some cash money in hand, to pick up a few things we needed, several of which were on sale going off sale that day. Some VERY kind soul from the church ran into me there, on a similar mission, and VERY kindly picked up the tab. We are extremely grateful.. I had enough in hand to cover the cost (though he entreated me to pick up a second can of an item that I'd planned to get only one of. The two will see us through into June at least), So we were and are most grateful.. God is good, and His people reflect that in their nature.
Today , Dear Wife gets to "watch" the Great-Niece. For some reason, Niece didn't have to be at work until 09:30 or so, so Wife got to sleep in some. Which was nice. I called the doctor office to request a prescription refill be called into the Big Box pharmacy, then headed to the Big Box to pick up a few things that the local market doesn't carry. (Her Disability check went in this morning. So she paid some more bills, like the gas and water). The pharmacy didn't yet receive the notification on the prescriptions, which is fine: I have the better part of a week's meds left. Of course, a couple hours after getting home, the pharmacy let me know they'd gotten the orders, and the items were ready. Figures, somehow. I'll try to pick them up Thursday or so.
Then we got to take Great Niece to the program the library has for the pre-school kids. "Story time" they call it, and they do some sort of "craft" thing also. I returned a book got two more out. Back home. Wife stays with niece until about 4:30 p.m. or so. I tossed some more clothes into the wash (had done a load earlier), and sat with one of the library books I'd gotten last week: Mark Steyn's "After America". Definitely not happy happy stuff, sobering and a warning.
And spent most of the rest of the day with it. (large part of the reason for the delay).
It is easy, seeing the direction that our world has taken, to believe that disaster is inevitable and is nearly upon us. Indeed, looking at the whole world, disaster and catastrophe are already marching through the world.
I am told that Despair is a sin, that to surrender all hope is to believe that things are ever in such a state that the Lord Himself is helpless. That is true. But I also think we're obligated to look before crossing the street, in an effort to avoid the "run-down feeling" resulting from an encounter with a speeding bus.
As the Psalmist said, "if I make my bed in Hell, behold, Thou art there" (Psalm 139:8). So there is no point beyond the Lord's reach. But we have some part to play as well, He's put us here for a reason, we're on a mission and in the mission field. We saw the account of Daniel and the lions, for example. But I think it would have been better had the nations and the people there conducted themselves in such a way that that the attacks by the Medes, Persians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Assyrians, and ...... the rest, might not have occurred. They can happen again. That is what concerns me.
I do believe that none of this has taken the Lord by surprise. Nor that the state of the world is beyond His control.
so that is how I spent much of my day and evening.
The day's reading in the Old Testament is chapters 4, 5, and 6.
They're across Jordan now. And Jericho is right before them.
Rahab (remember her) is rescued. The city is destroyed.
And we remember that in the song of the day: Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
Our New Testament reading needs no introduction. This is the birth of Jesus, the account that most of us have heard and read often. But read it thoroughly anyway. I always find something that I never thought of before.