I hope all is well with you. Besides enjoying Spring rain showers, fresh blooms, and trying to keep the weeds down, I’ve been feeling like our cat lately. Not in her ability to run and jump—wouldn’t that be fun—but in the way she often chases her tail. Just wish I could make all my busy errands fun and games like our Lucy cat does. 🙂 On a high point, my boys’ high school baseball team advances to the State Championship game this weekend. I’m both excited and proud of their accomplishent. My daughter’s Jr. High softball team is also undefeated. My oldest son graduates in a week, which makes me happy-sad. Happy for his achievements and hopeful for his future plans, but also sad that he’s about to launch from the nest.
In all the busyness and fluctuating emotions, however, God’s blessings are abundant. I’m especially thankful for the relationship I have with my Lord, Jesus Christ. He’s the true glue that holds me together: both in the happy, smooth times and also when I’m spinning in circles chasing my tail.
This is a picture of the molecular structure of Laminin, which is what holds our cells together to form us into a complete being. I don’t think it’s coincidental that the glue that holds us all together is in the shape of the cross. Colossians 1:16-17 says, “For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things HOLD TOGETHER.”
In continuation on the fundamentals of our Christian faith, based on the Apostle’s Creed, here is another great podcast message from my Pastor Cliff Purcell: Jesus: Christ. Son. Lord. (May 20, 2018).
What are the fundamentals of the Christian faith? Why is there division in the church today? Find out in part by listening to Pastor Cliff Purcell’s second message from the “Apostle’s Creed” podcast series: Maker of Heaven and Earth (May 13, 2018).
Why isn’t the church in America today on a winning streak? It is probably because we have lost our focus on the fundamentals of our faith. Listen to the following podcast, “We Believe….In God the Father Almighty” (May 6, 2018), as Pastor Cliff Purcell begins a new series on the beliefs that are crucial to every Christian: http://firstnaz.com/media.
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track.” -Proverbs 3:5-6 (MSG)
I love variety, but in a somewhat structured and predictable kind of way. 🙂 But as you know, life doesn’t always offer structure, let alone predictability. I’m not trying to sound pessimistic, but one never knows when a curve ball is coming his/her way. As I tell my kids: One thing you can always count on is change. And, although it’s important to plan, there will be times when things don’t pan out the way you plan. That can be unsettling for anyone, but especially for us planner types.
While sitting in the dentist chair the other day, my hygienist confirmed just how random life can be. Knowing that my Senior is about to graduate, she asked what career he wants to pursue. She then told me of her plans to become either a Kindergarten teacher or a zoo owner. Neither of these aspirations transpired for her. After a series of mistakes, she found herself pursing an associate degree in Dental Hygiene. While all I could utter was, “uh, uh” and “hmm”, memories of my own random life happenings—along with other people’s stories—swam through my mind.
The next morning, God reordered my “random” thinking by bringing the following devotional to my attention.
(Jesus Calling, By Sarah Young)
God reminds me: There may be detours and times of questioning, but He sets the course for His children. As a loving Father, we can trust that He alone knows the best plan(s) and methods to mold us more into His image.