April 4, 2016

It’s Monday. It’s April. It’s supposed to be 85 degrees outside. Who’s ready for summer?!? Honestly, I love all seasons of the year and sometimes in the summer it gets too hot but I do love the water and sunshine and well if you throw in the beach then it’s almost perfect. I love the mountains and skiing but if I could choose I would definitely choose the beach and summer. Happy Riding today!
We had a good sermon last night from the book of Habakkuk. No, I wasn’t preaching but I was listening. And I was reminded that things don’t always work out like we want them to but it doesn’t mean God isn’t listening and that God isn’t working. Habakkuk complained to God and He answered him but it wasn’t what Habakkuk was hoping for. Each of us, me included, tend to think of the world as revolving around us and what we think we want. We tend to base our prayers and our efforts around what is good for me and the ones I love. God has a much bigger plan and in reality a much better plan than the one I could come up with . . . even for me. But that plan may involve tough times. I don’t even like saying that. Nobody likes tough times. My idea of tough times is having to replace slats in my fence that my neighbors break or a lawn mower that starts when it wants to. As some who read this blog are known to say, those are “first world” problems. Some of you though are dealing with much more serious issues and God knows and hears you and understands. But it also means that He may choose to answer your prayers in ways that would be different than you would want. I get it. I don’t like it either. But let’s also be honest here. He is God. He created us. If you ever watch FOX News channel and Bill O’Reilly in particular you know he has a regular contributor named Jesse Watters. He does a segment called “Watter’s World” and his finishing line is something like “This is Watter’s World and you’re all just living in it.” Ha. The point here is that this is really God’s World and we are living in it by His grace. We (me) tend to forget that. We need to finish like Habakkuk did at the close and say with him, “Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation (Habakkuk 3:17-18 ESV). God is going to do what He chooses. He is God. Our job is to obediently rejoice in Him and His salvation!!
I hope you didn’t miss VISION Sunday yesterday at FBCWS. I am hoping to get a copy of the Mission Statement up on our web site soon. In the meantime the sermon video is already up on our FBCWS Facebook page (thanks Hector) so feel free to go check it out. Yesterday was just the start. It was only the beginning of the journey that God wants to take us on. And contrary to what Garry said yesterday, I didn’t need sermons for the next 9 months (just kidding). This coming Sunday we really begin to start the process of sinking into building a Legacy Faith. I hope you will be there every week as God speaks to us about how He wants to shape and mold us into maturity.
Happy Anniversary to my son, Derek, and his wife, Ashley, as they celebrate three years of marriage this Thursday. May God give them many more years of wedded bliss.