We made it. All the way to Texas and all the way back. Only one ER visit, not bad.
Arrived back home just in time to participate in our Game On! VBS for days 2-5. There were over 220 kids ministered to all week. There were over 70 volunteers who were doing the work of loving kids and telling/showing the Love of God. It was fun. It was exhausting. It was fulfilling. All by the Grace of God. Whenever we thought it was too tough, we just needed to remember this year’s theme verse.
“His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3
We hear these questions a lot in our household:
“What are we having for breakfast/lunch/dinner?”
“What are we going to do today/tonight/tomorrow?”
The answers are sometimes detailed, sometimes vague. Sometimes the answers are received with enthusiasm, eagerness, indifference, dejection, worry. What about just acceptance, trust, peace?
If you’re like me, there’s probably something you’re looking forward to. Maybe it’s the premiere of a long-awaited sequel to your favorite movie franchise. How about a family reunion where “everyone” will be there. Or it could be an appointment where the doctor says the tests are “clear”.
We’re looking forward to a family vacation. We’ve made many plans, bought the tickets, kept (and finally revealed) great secrets, packed the bags. Our departure is soon. So soon, it’s hard to concentrate on anything else. It’s been a little consuming and I’ve become a little anxious about it. Of course there are great expectations. And hopes that there are no disappointments.
Memories will be made. There’s no doubt about that. Even if there be problems or trials. Romans 5 reminds us that even though those problem and trials WILL happen. But they lead us to something else, then something else, and finally…
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” Romans 5:3-5 NLT
God is fashioning us, molding us (if we let Him) to be more and more like His glorious Son. And that certainly will NEVER disappoint and is the greatest thing we could EVER look forward to.