Another of "those" days is upon us.
In a short while, we intend to depart, headed out on a trip, another doctor's appointment for her. It's not a horrible drive, not like driving from Cleveland to Columbus or from Gary, IN to Evansville, or the like. But it's a good 35 minutes under the best of conditions. And we won't have the best of conditions. In NE Ohio, the joke is that there are four seasons:
- Almost Winter
- Still Winter
- Road construction
Doesn't help that the state DOT is not and has never been known for good project planning or even half-decent engineering, so there's plenty of blame to go around.
And today, we'll have to go through several of these truly awful zones. NOT looking forward to it.
The appointment on Friday morning will also route us through some of the worst of it. Same for the appointments next Tuesday and Wednesday. Yes, it's the month of doctor's offices for us.
Then, about 2 hours after we should get back home, off again. This time to a funeral. Road should be clear enough, but the circumstances and old bitter agendas will probably be on display as is too often the case. I had met the deceased. Once or twice, the last time probably being around 25 years ago or so. I can't speak about the man with any certainty whatever. I know that there are a lot, a whole lot, of long-standing issues with lots of bitterness and hidden issues. Seems to be pretty common around here. Not much to be said about the love of Christ or the faith that transforms us by the Lord's power. Mostly hopelessness and sorrow and old issues with some bitterness. And no hope. No knowledge of the Lord, so that's not surprising.
Yes, it gets to a person. Perhaps it should, perhaps it should motivate us to point to the real hope, that is in Jesus.
Our reading in the Old Testament is Psalms 28, 29, and 30
Our reading in the New Testament is verses 1-14 in chapter 21 of the Acts of the Apostles.
The road of a dedicated follower of Christ is often hard.