Hmmm. Looking outside, one might almost think it was winter in NE Ohio. Oh, wait. It is. That would account for the snow and blowing wind and bitter cold temperatures. Right. Another of those days that make a person think that Global Warming would be a good idea. If it was true, which it isn't. True, I mean. Wish it was. Snow and cold. I understand that the "sophisticated" areas of the NorthEast were getting hammered yesterday and last night. I should probably feel sorry for them, but that's where a lot of the "warmists" hang out, so I hope they enjoy the experience.
Retirement check hit the bank, so we're off today, hopefully, in a mission to replenish the food supply. We have food left, so we weren't at death's door, but I need to order refills for the BP meds that I take, and we need things like flour and cornmeal and such. Some of those "staples" were getting low. Not out, but low enough to refill. And the gas tank is on the wrong side of 1/2 and nearing 1/4. So we'll need to address that. Oh, and pay the water bill, gas bill, electric bill, etc.
As I've said before, some of these songs that I link to have a lot of meaning for me, sometimes they also put my mind along certain paths. I was listening to the old hymn, "Trust and Obey" the last few days. Good song, good teaching, good reminder of what we should be pursuing.
That's not easy, not at all. It goes against everything that the world teaches. Seeking the best for the "ME", that's what everyone, including all too many famous "church leaders" teach, and sell books and videos about, is in line with that, and it falls on receptive ears. Yielding everything to a God who we can't see with our human eyes, in order to further a Heavenly purpose, just doesn't seem right. Not if we're constantly bombarded with the "he who dies with the most toys wins" messages.
Do we really trust Him? Enough to hear, and to obey, even if it doesn't make sense by the standards of the world? Even if it may feel as if He doesn't hear our cries, doesn't care about the storms we encounter? As if our prayers are banging against a closed door? Imagine Mary and the apostles on that dark, dark Saturday between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. All that they had believed and trusted in, seemed far-off and strange. Imagine Steven being stoned to death. Imagine Moses facing the sea, with Pharaoh's army closing fast. Imagine Daniel, about to meet the lions. Peter in the prison, awaiting an uncertain fate. Paul being beaten with rods, once again. David facing the giant. And many others. Yet, somehow, they held on, no matter what.
We had just yesterday another case of a missionary in Nigeria, captured by the Moslems. For his faith. More Christians in Egypt, Syria, India, and elsewhere, being captured and slaughtered for their faith. Faithful to the end.
They all of them knew how to trust and obey.
They make me feel small and unworthy. And I am.
Yet the Lord knows my name, and, for reasons known only to Him, continues to walk with me. The very least that I can do is to walk with Him, learn His way and His will, and covenant to obey. That requires trust, something that the world takes away but that He makes possible. "Increase our faith" is a very worthwhile prayer.
So, today, the songs of the day are
Trust and Obey
Which is a lovely acapella congregational sing
I Will Trust In Thee or here which is not acapella, but it is a personal favorite, having been part of music ministries in several states that presented it. It has deep personal meaning for me.
"Before the earth and heavens formed
Before You made the sea,
You knew my name, and claimed my life.
Lord, I will trust in Thee"
Why should we fear to proclaim it?
Our morning reading and meditation today is chapters 26 and 27 of Deuteronomy
Some of these things Moses is warning against sound pretty awful, the sort of thing that we're tempted to say, "Yuck. Nobody would do that !" Guess what? People did. Some still do. Take the prohibition against sexual relations with one's sister or half-sister. Sounds nasty, right? At that time, at least, the required wife of Pharaoh was his sister. Required. Imagine what happens genetically after a few generations of that? Many of the things Moses was conveying the Lord's commands regarding, were common in the cultures of the region. Some still are.
The reading from the New Testament today is hard reading. Verses 1-26 of the 15th chapter in the Gospel of Mark. The Crucifixion.