I am lamenting the last couple of days where I find myself HELD CAPTIVE by CIRCUMSTANCES outside my control. I have listed a few of these circumstances mostly outside of my control, but there are more... many many more.
Below is my Reader's Digest abbreviated version...
The circumstances of a corrupt government that is at best cordial to Christians but more times hostile.
The circumstances of a corrupt/greedy Health Care system that is out of control hellbent on $$ and becoming government controlled. Q. When has government control of ANYTHING been a good idea?
The circumstances of a world of war, hate, and distrust.
Then in our culture...
The circumstances of this a culture where we have a PRIDE MONTH celebrating sin.
The circumstances of a society that cannot even tell you 'What is a Woman', and feels the urgency to declare its pronouns.
The circumstances where biological men (identifying as women) compete against biological women to the ruin of women's sports.
The circumstances of GREED where our desires for more are fueled by envy and the lust for pleasures of all kind.
Then in the church...
The circumstances of a 'Christian' church culture is divided over secondary issues and refuses to unite on the primary issues of loving God and caring for others.
The circumstances of a 'Christian' church culture that is more afraid of offending the ways of our pagan culture than offending our Creator.
The circumstances where 'Christians' on social media declare heresy constantly like the boy who cried wolf.
and finally in my heart...
The circumstances where I do not see the trees from the forest in my spiritual journey. Where the above distractions and more block me from feeling the warmth of God's presence.
SO... this was my morning. This world's circumstances clouded my vision and my struggling spirit with angst strained joy from me.
But as I discussed my circumstance-beaten spirit with my wonderful wife Mary. We stopped and prayed for all of the above and more and for specifics in our lives and with our friends and family and their circumstances.
We said amen, and for all we know none of our circumstances miraculously changed. But my spirit changed to where His Spirit impressed on me that cares for us outside above and through any circumstance of this broken world. THIS IS WHAT I BELIEVE.
So no deep thoughts of course in this post, but I want to encourage any of you burdened that our God knows and cares for us. May God bless each of your lives where you daily seek His presence in His word, and in prayer. Pray not only for your circumstances but let's be still and listen. For we know... OUR GOD IS ENOUGH
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson