I was weeding my garden the other day when I began to think about life.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not about to go into a long litany of wrongs or problems that are happening in my life.
As a matter of fact life is good, really good actually. We are enjoying our retirement. I told someone a little while ago that if I had known it was going to be this good, I would have done it when I was thirty. Of course it wasn’t at all possible back then. However, let’s get on with my thoughts.
As I knelt there that day, I began to reflect on my life, as well as on the life of other people I have known. Really, it can be compared to the weather we have been experiencing lately. It is great when the sun is shining and it’s warm. Good for golfing, boating, gardening, etc.
However it is not always sunshine. Some days it rains and in most of our minds we would probably say TOO MUCH.
I also began to think of life as a person walking through a luscious green valley. Do you know that there would not be a valley if there were not mountains on either side. While it is good and pleasant in the valley, if we are going to broaden our horizons, we need to climb the mountains every now and then.
I think it was Tammy Wynette who sang the song “I never promised You a Rose Garden.”
But there was someone else who gave us these words long before she was born. Let me refer to the original Author of these words.
Back in the Old Testament, the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 20, verses 1 thru 4. God is speaking to the Children of Israel as they are about to enter the Promised Land and possess what God had promised their Fathers.
As we read this passage, we will find some promises to us. The first one, most of us would like to pass on. It says, “there will be battles against those who would not want them to possess the land.” That is true for us in this life as well.
In John`s Gospel, chapter 16, verse 33, Jesus told His followers (that includes we who believe on Him today), “that in this world they would experience all kinds of opposition.”
Back in Deuteronomy, God gave the Children of Israel three more promises. The promise of His Presence, to go with them The Promise of His Power, to fight their enemies for them, and the Promise of His purpose, to save them.
As we look at John 16:33, we find likewise, the promise of Our Lord, “Do not be troubled when you face all kinds of opposition,” Jesus says, “for I have overcome the world.”
No one likes trouble in their life but the truth is, “life happens” and that includes trouble, opposition, sickness, etc.
So what do we do. Well here are our choices; we can try to fix the problem ourselves, or we can rely on the Promises of God.
Bye the way, I expect that about the time you are reading this, I’ll be pulling weeds again because LIFE HAPPENS.
Rev. Duncan Perry,