Good morning. It is pre-Friday, February 11, 2015. Only 8 more days until pitchers and catchers report! 53 days until Opening Day.
Today’s word of the day is evolution. (I think it’s Darwin’s birthday.) Evolution is a noun, and it has many meanings. I will not post them all. One meaning is, “A movement or change of position.” This can be military, as in, “A manoeuvre executed by troops or ships to adopt a different tactical formation.” It can be figurative, as in, “A (tactical) change in behaviour or attitude.” Or it can be, “A wheeling, twisting, or turning movement; one performed in dancing or gymnastics.” It can also mean, “The process of unrolling, opening out, or revealing.” If you want more, click on the link.
Today is Lost Penny Day. I believe the gist of it is to gather up as much loose change as you can find and give it to charity. Because every little bit helps, and those “pennies” add up.
Work is continuing to go pretty well, which is nice, for a change. However, I have to go to a meeting this morning, at 9:00. We’ll see how that goes.
Christi has her Huddle tonight. There’s not much else going on in our lives, other than the weekend coming. I have to be off work next Monday, because my Saturday is coming up. And yes, I did say, “Have to be.” I’m still not crazy about the Saturday arrangements. Plus, there’s no telling what my queue will look like on Tuesday when I arrive. The week after that, I will be taking three days of PTO to assist my mother as she gets cataract surgery. Y’all can pray for that, if you feel so inclined. 🙂
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Today’s reading is “Lincoln’s Providence.”
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
Today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. What you may not know about him is that he remained “skeptical, and at times, even cynical, about religion into his forties.” It was “personal and national suffering that drew Lincoln into the reality of God.”
In 1862, Lincoln’s 11-year-old son Willie died. While Mary (Lincoln’s wife) sought out “New Age mediums” to try to deal with the loss, Abraham “turned to Phineas Gurley, pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church.” After some long talks, Gurley says that Lincoln experienced “a conversion to Christ.” Lincoln, himself, says he was “driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I have nowhere else to go.”
As the war went on, Abraham Lincoln was confronted daily with the horrors of dead and wounded soldiers. All of this “drove Lincoln deeper into the providence of God.” He is quoted as saying, “We cannot but believe, that He who made the world still governs it.”
One month before his assassination, Abraham Lincoln gave his Second Inaugural address. In it, he makes statements about the providence of God, and refrains from attempting to show God as siding with either the Union or the Confederacy. In this address, he said, “Fondly do we hope – fervently do we pray – that this might scourge of war might speedily pass away . . . Yet if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man’s two hundred years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid with another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago so still it must be said, ‘the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether.'”
May all who suffer and experience loss be drawn closer to the providence of God, as Abraham Lincoln was. May we all experience “a deeper reliance on the infinite wisdom and love of God’s inscrutable providence.”
Father, draw us more closely into your providence, into that sense of believing that you have all things under your control, and that your judgments are, indeed, “true and righteous altogether.” Many times, when we lose that which is dear to us, we shake our fists toward heaven in anger. This is not necessarily wrong, as long as, after shaking that fist, we fall to our knees in submission and supplication. May our anger and frustrations over loss and suffering draw us toward you, rather than pushing us away. We have a great example in Abraham Lincoln. May we look at the examples of people like him and be inspired to deeper belief. I believe, as Lincoln believed, that “I have nowhere else to go.”
I pray for this day, that our drive to work may be safe and smooth. I pray for Christi’s work day, that she would get much accomplished, and that there will be no anxiety or drama. I pray for her Huddle gathering tonight, that the ladies will continue to learn about you through Christ, while drawing closer together in fellowship, as well. I pray that Stephanie will know your steadfast love today, and that you would give her wisdom.
Your grace is sufficient.
May we all, like Abraham Lincoln, find that we have nowhere else to go, but to God.
Grace and peace, friends.