July 15

by Susan Lovelady
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17: 7-8
My Mom used to always tell me “life is like an elevator, when you are on the top floor, enjoy where you are because you will more than likely go back down at some point. And if you are on the bottom floor, be content because you know you will go back up”. She is a very wise lady and also one with a confident faith in our Lord Jesus. She will be celebrating her 90th birthday next February and has been very blessed.
So in other words, enjoy where you are and be thankful despite your circumstance. Scripture is filled with references to this concept. One of the very familiar ones is from 1 Thessalonians 5:18. I love looking at different bible translations. Below are a few of this passage:
“Be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus.” – Good News Translation
“Thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.” – The Message Bible
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – NIV
Not a bad thing to work on. Thankfulness and trust. It does make sense and certainly puts us in a much better place to keep our leaves green and bear fruit. But I know for me this isn’t easy all the time and takes practice. And sometimes when I am at the bottom of the elevator – or walking through that dark valley – I need a friend in Christ to remind me that “His goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
I appreciate so much my sisters and brothers in Christ that I can go to in times of need. And I am thankful for the community of faith we have as a church.
See you at the penthouse floor – or perhaps somewhere in between.

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