“If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.” ― Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow
Today’s word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is oenomel, which means, “something combining strength with sweetness.” Pronounced ee-nuh-mel.
Today is No Socks Day, a day in which I will gladly participate. I will be wearing sandals to church this morning. And the rest of the day, as well, as we will be going for pedicures this afternoon, for my wife’s Mother’s Day gift. Yes, I said, “we.” I’m getting one, too.
We had a wonderful visit at my mother’s house, yesterday afternoon. We all got there at close to the same time, visited for a few minutes, then headed to Mesquite Pit for a late lunch. Then we went back to the house for an afternoon of good conversation (and some chocolate, because both mothers got chocolate). It was a very nice day.
We’re getting ready for church this morning. We worship at The Exchange, and our worship gathering is at 10:15 at the Northpark YMCA, 9100 N. Beach, Fort Worth, TX.
I also wish a very Happy Mother’s Day to my mother, my wife, and also to any other mothers who might read this.
Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise!
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.
All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.” Selah.
Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.
He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through the river on foot. There did we rejoice in him,
who rules by his might forever, whose eyes keep watch on the nations— let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard,
who has kept our soul among the living and has not let our feet slip.
For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried.
You brought us into the net; you laid a crushing burden on our backs;
you let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.
“Every testing is designed to deepen and develop the life of faith.” Here, the Psalmist has a great witness of going through the worst that men can do to him, yet singing and pulsating praise to God. Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.
“Almighty God, you rescued from the waters and delivered from fire. Too often, though, I fail to make the connection between what you have done in the glorious past and what you wish to do in me right now. Help me to make the connection through the hours of this day and to sing my joy through Jesus Christ. Amen.”
(From My Utmost For His Highest)
“The Patience of Faith”
Because you have kept my word about patient endurance . . .
“Patience is more than endurance. A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer.” Our Father aims at something we cannot see. He stretches and stretches, beyond the point of endurance for us, and then continues until he has his goal in sight. Then “He lets fly.”
“Trust yourself in God’s hands.”
“Faith is not a pathetic sentiment, but robust vigorous confidence built on the fact that God is holy love.” It is us flinging ourselves “in reckless confidence on God.” God invested all for us, in Jesus Christ; how can we not, then, invest all for him? In faith, we can face anything that life throws at us without wavering. “If we take this view, life becomes one great romance, a glorious opportunity for seeing marvelous things all the time.”
Father, I pray for this kind of faith. Help me to throw myself on you in reckless confidence, and live a life that wavers not in the face of any difficulty that is cast my way. You are holy love! May my confidence be built on that truth!
Come, Lord Jesus!
Grace and peace, friends.