Really hoping to see some of that horrid "global warming" that the "sophisticated" have been screeching about for nearly 20 years now. No sign of it, for some reason.
Sometimes, it is interesting, sometimes funny (particularly if it didn't happen to you), the things that can throw us off stride. We saw an example of that here yesterday. Heard mid-morning from next-door niece that the day had started off lousy. It seems her husband was trying to leave for work around 07:00 and couldn't find his keys. ANY of them. They're pretty organized and methodical, and so they have a key rack right inside the back door where they always keep them. ALWAYS. But there were none. At all. Niece had a spare key to her car, but it was blocked in by her husband's car, so that was of no use. They thought we were sleeping in (we weren't) so they didn't call on us. Niece's brother was en route home from working the night shift, goes near by, so they contacted him, he swung by, and made the trip. So Bob was late but not TOO late. So then niece proceeded to tear the house apart looking for keys. Finally asked the Great-Niece. SHE knew exactly where they were: she'd pushed a chair up to the key rack, grabbed all the keys, and made an "interesting sculpture" of them. Glad I wasn't there for the events that followed that. All because a 4-year-old wanted to be "creative". Sometimes, creativity is heavily over-valued. This was one of those times.
As I said, sometimes it doesn't take much to throw us for a loop. I rather imagine that Bob is going to keep a spare key stashed somewhere out of reach and knowledge of small kids after this.
I knew a fellow working at one of the car companies that I dealt with before retirement. Charles was a good enough guy, I guess. But, like so many in that region, he wasn't the most "time on target" sort of person, to say the least. One day, there was a HUGE wreck in that town. One of those that ties up all traffic for a couple of hours. If you were planning to go that way, you have to find your way around. If you're caught up in that wreck, as he was, the only thing you can do is sit, fret, and hope that they clear the mess up enough that you can get back on your way. Didn't happen quickly enough, and Charles got fired for excess absenteeism. Of course, had he not established a pattern of tardiness and absenteeism, he could have gotten off with a warning, especially given the circumstances. But the had, and thus he was out of a job that would have earned him a good $60,000 that year, possibly more. All because he'd established a pattern for being unreliable. You just couldn't count on him. If it hadn't been for that mess that day, another event would have come along.
We come to highly value things like personal characteristics. Honesty. Integrity. Reliability. Promptness. Keeping one's word. Anyone who has lived very long has learned, sadly, that human beings don't always have these characteristics. We tend to evaluate people that we deal with on those issues, determining whose word is good, and whose isn't. Who can be relied upon, and who can't. Who can be trusted, and who can't, and under what circumstances. It's not a good reflection on our world, but there it is. The bad thing is that we are all too tempted to carry that over in our view of the Lord. We are sorely tempted to wonder just how far we can trust Him, how likely it is that He may leave us hanging, whether or not He will show up on time. Remember Lazarus' sister's words: “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” (John 11:32). Sounds a lot like "where were You? You didn't come when we needed You!". Sounds like she was losing part of her trust, the part that said "He could, but He didn't!".
Jesus was teaching a bigger lesson. EVERYONE there was changed in some way as a result. Lazarus was certainly changed. So were his sisters. So were those who accompanied Jesus. So were all of the watchers. Sometimes, the Lord carries us THROUGH the storm, when what we really wanted is for Him to either calm the storm, or to carry us AROUND it. And He has certainly done both. But sometimes He carries us through, even if it doesn't feel like it at the time.
Trust. It's so very important. If we say we trust Him for eternity, can't we trust Him for today?
Song of the day, "Then Came The Morning", with an intro that you really must hear.
I suspect that, like me, others have been in a place where we thought the Lord had had enough, and tossed us on the scrap heap. When there seemed to be no hope, no light, no answer to prayers.
But there is a moment for "the rest of the story", as commentator Paul Harvey used to say.
Yes, we can trust Him.
Our reading from the Old Testament is chapter 28 of Deuteronomy. Blessings and cursings.
Our day's reading and meditation from the New Testament is verses 27-47 from chapter 15 of the Gospel of Mark. Jesus is on the cross, dies, and is buried. A hard, hard day. And the world was changed because of it.