Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Until That Storm Passes Over!

My wife and I love to travel on two wheels, in fact that is one of the many ways we combine fun, faith, and fellowship on the road. Life is not always kind, and many of the bumps in the road we don't see until we've hit them, and I'm not referring simply to a Harley on the highway. Our day to day lives encounter the same obstacles that we run into on two wheels. The unforeseen storm that pops over the horizon, the occasional animal that unknowingly lurches into our headlights, and the mechanical problems that can "happen" to anybody. We try very hard to avoid the worst of what nature throws our way, but there are some events that you can't go around or under or over, for that matter, so you have to go through them! If it's rain on the asphault we stop and put on our rain gear and keep moving, sooner or later we come out of it. When it's rain in our lives we stop, pray, and then slip on the armor of God, mount up and keep on going. Large raindrops at 55 or 60 miles an hour can really hurt, but are nothing compared to the slings and arrows of adversity that life can throw at us. I guess that's why we have a Bible on the scooter along with the tools and the rain gear. It would be nice if we didn't have to use some of what we carry "just in case," but the truth is, our Bible is the best emergency kit we can have on board. The instructions for dealing with all of life's problems are contained on it's pages. Have you ever seen those manuals like "Car Repair For Dummies?" Well, if there were an apt subtitle for God's Word it would probably be "Life Maintenance For The Wise!" Between the covers(ours is missing one I think)you will find not only great ways to protect yourself and those you love, but also complete instructions for how to repair problems and maps showing the best way to get where you'd like to be. For some this message may only last as long as it takes to click away to somewhere else, for others.....take a look at the picture above. Just like that cloud covering the mountain, God's Grace covers each one of us that avails ourselves of the knowledge needed to come through this life and enter into another, safely. So, next time you pack for the journey be sure to take along the guide book, life can be hazardous to your health in more ways than one! May you have a wonderful day! In Christ's Love, Preacher.

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