Subtle Semi Saying!

“Everything is subject to change.”

A message strategically placed on a semi.  The italicized words in black against the white background caught my eye.

Everything is subject to change.

It stirred something inside of me.  Like a myriad of crazy emotions.  Almost like excitement followed by shortness of breath followed by a smile followed by aggravation.

I don’t really like change unless I can see its benefits.  However, sometimes I like the surprise of change.   See what I mean?  Crazy emotions!

I thought about what we are going through now with the pandemic and how everything really is subject to change.  Vacation spots that normally have a 15-day cancellation policy is changed to 24 hours.

One day we can go into WalMart without a mask and the next day it’s required.  One day we can only get takeout from our favorite restaurant and the next day we are allowed to eat inside with social distancing.

Sports that are scheduled have changed.  TV show “new seasons” have changed.   The release of new box office movies have changed.

I’ve changed.  You’ve changed. We’ve all changed.  (Sounds like Dr. Seuss!  🙂  )

But you know what is NOT subject to change?  The Bible.  The gospel.  Jesus.

Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

In Bible days, the Lord dealt with the same ole junk and evil that we deal with today.  They had plagues and pandemics.  They had earthquakes and floods.  They had sickness and death.  They had miracles and salvation.  They had good days and bad days.  And yet, God and His Word never change.

So, you see, not EVERYTHING is subject to change.  And for that I am very thankful.  I feel alive again.  I feel a sense of excitement.  I feel a new-found energy and hope that reminds me He is in control.

Read Hebrews 13 and see how we need to keep on loving and encouraging and having hope to show the world that when things are crazy out there, we can find an anchor in a never-changing Lord.

Even though our TV shows, our vacations and our rules are subject to change, just remember that the One who created everything that goes into everything is NOT subject to change for anything!

 

A Truck. A Cooler. And A Country Song!

Roger and I went on a long-weekend-driving trip putting 1500 miles on our truck while covering 8 different states. Some people would think we were crazy but we love it! A cooler of drinks, a basket of snacks and an overnight bag accompanied our journey. If we had a dog, I could write a country song. haha
 
We just drove until we were ready to stop. We had Lysol spray, Lysol wipes, hand sanitizer and plenty of face masks.
 
And we looked.
 
And looked.
 
We looked at mountains.
We looked at valleys.
We looked at people.
We looked at vehicles.
We looked at colleges.
We looked at corn, soybeans and hay.
 
We talked.
We laughed.
We even teared up a few times.
 
We listened to country music, Christian music and 80’s music.
 
We watched golf and FRIENDS and Hallmark Christmas movies.
 
We ate ice cream and steak and seafood.
 
It was a very simple trip.
No amusement parks.
No water slides.
No hustle and bustle.
 
Just rest and simple life.
 
That’s what Covid has taught us.
To slow down.
To enjoy each other.
To enjoy God’s creation.
To love and live and laugh.
 
I hope you are doing that, too. I think we all did some of that at the beginning of the pandemic but I feel busyness slowly slipping back into our lives, and we don’t want to go back to that life.
 
Hence, the low-key, 1500-mile road trip.
 
What’s your “road trip”?
Reading. Art. Piano. Hiking. Writing??
Whatever it is, I encourage you take some downtime and reevaluate where you are right now and where you are headed. If you don’t want to go back to busy, then take a quick “road trip” to your happy place.

You Are A Shining Star

Childhood plays.
Piano recitals.
Little League pitcher.

Then we grew up a bit.
Homecoming royalty.
Football playmaker.
College graduate.

Then adult life hit.
Successful career.
Doting spouse.
Proud parent.

The world defines all of these things as “Success”.  Big stars shining brightly above everything else.  But we can be Shing Stars in our universe without having a crown, a trophy or a corner office.

We can shine bright from our homes, in our communities and outside of our churches.

How do we do that?

By being different than the world.
By standing out for Jesus.
By showing love and patience to others.

In Philippians 2:14, Paul says to “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe. ”

People dealt with the same junk 2000 years ago that we deal with now!

But let me encourage us all to follow the same advice now as was written then.

Don’t grumble.  Don’t argue.  Don’t fall into the devil’s scheme of chaos and crookedness and evil.

Instead be like Jesus.  Shine like the stars of the universe.  Stand out.

You are a shining star.

Now go shine bright.

You’re Gonna Need Shades!

I was heading to the outside garage at our home that is not attached to our house.  It is the shelter for two vehicles, the lawn mower and some Christmas decorations along with one side that is finished and serves as our home offices.

As I stepped from my house into the sunlight, my sunglasses-covered eyes adjusted to the brightness for the few steps it took to get into the outside garage.  As I opened the walk-in door and took the one step up to the concrete floor, my eyes did not adjust to the newfound darkness.  I took off my sunglasses but it didn’t help.

I could not see in front of me except for a small trail of light that came from the tiny window.  I walked very slow and easy trying to remember if anything was in my path to that office door.  I made is successfully without falling thankfully and was so relieved as I opened the office door to the room full of light.

I turned around to look over my shoulder to see the things that could have been in my path to cause me to stumble.  There was the lawn mower, a couple boxes, the dog crate, a plastic Santa.

And then I realized, there was a light switch as I walked into the garage that I didn’t think to flip.

It reminds me of how our lives are in the world each day.  I wake up and start my day with devotions sitting in the well-lit living room recliner.  I think I’ve got the world by the tail and I have great plans to cling to Jesus all day and not stumble.  But inevitably sin creeps in and I find myself falling.

I reach for the One who brings light and He picks me up and escorts me back into His path.  I look around and see all the ways I could fall just like those boxes, crates and lawnmowers.  I see shiny things and wants and desires and seeds of sin.

But I realize when I hold to the hand of God, He leads me through the messes that can trip me up and guides me right into the light.  If I let go of His hand and stray, I know that He is right there waiting for me to ask for His help and He holds out His hand to cup mine in His and leads me in the paths of His light.

Isaiah 41:13 – For I am the Lord, your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

If you feel like you are in the dark today, don’t keep stumbling.  Stop right where you are, reach out for the Heavenly hand and ask God to forgive and lead you back into the light.

Oh and by the way, you may want to grab your sunglasses because this journey could be a bit bright.  🙂