“The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s own or real life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life–the life God is sending one day by day.” ~C.S.Lewis
The quote above was on the front of our church’s Order of Worship this morning. And it really got me thinking. What I view as “set backs” or “interruptions” are merely part of God’s loving hand making me more like Christ.
Bryan works night shift, so he has to sleep Sunday afternoons, leaving me to have some quiet time alone. Today, I decided to go to EarthFare and enjoy their $5 lunch deal (always a win!). I did a little shopping and then sat down to enjoy a Turkey Cranberry and Brie Panini, New England Clam Chowder and some Fresh Fruit. This might become a Sunday tradition!
Then I dropped my groceries off at the house, quickly changed, and headed out for a Sunday afternoon drive. The leaves are so beautiful in the mountains right now, and I just wanted to drive with the windows down, listening to some sermons I missed while I was sick the last couple of weeks. Pastor has been preaching through all the “one-another-ing” passages (“love one another,” “bear with one another,” “be kind one to another,” etc.). The last two weeks have been on “submitting to one another,” specifically in the marriage relationship. They were SUCH an encouragement to me!
Finally, I ended up at Campbell’s Covered Bridge, a historic site near where we live that I hadn’t been to before today. It’s such a peaceful little spot with a beautiful red bridge, park benches, and little trails to hike. I will definitely have to take Bryan there sometime.
We ended the day by listening to a testimony from our youth pastor on God loving us through suffering (they recently lost their little girl 6 months into the pregnancy, and his grandmother a week later). He shared an amazing testimony of God’s grace and love as we go through trials, reminding us that the definition of “good” from “all things work together for good to them that love God” (Romans 8:28) does not mean a life of comfortable affluence but, rather, whatever it takes to accomplish the end goal of making us like Christ. This was especially poignant after talking with a dear friend about an extremely hard trial they are going through.
Habakkuk 3:17-19: “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. GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.”