Yes, it's that time of the year again. Last week was at the beach for a conference...this week frost! The golf clubs are ready to be retired for the Winter, but do not despair, it's time to get the ski's out! (I love to ski...anyone heading to Holiday Valley I can hitch a ride with soon?) Anyway...I looked out the door this morning to see this view.
The frost will kill, but the focus of the picture is the beauty of the flower. What am I focusing on? The frost that will bring death, or the life that still is? Even when the frost kills, it is a natural part of what needs to occur for life to come back next Spring.
I am in a period of cold, distant relationship with my God...ever been there? And it is not His job to always draw near to me...I have to draw near to Him! It's not that He pulls back...it is that I fail to notice when things are not "livin' large."
So today I am reflecting not on the frost, but the beauty. The little things. Like last night watching "Evan Almighty" with friends eating chili--going to take Grace out of school today and surprising her with lunch (one benefit to having a lousy day off!)--Joi smiling ear to ear looking at her birthday cards--the beautiful attitude and special smile of my Wife today--Christian and I are now "chat" buddies and he now wants a blog, so he can help others come to church by his writing--seeing the church carry on in my absence the last 2 weeks (this is a key to all you church leaders out there!)--my Sisters who love and support me, one wrote me a verse this AM..."I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." (Philippians 4.13)--Rejoicing with her as they closed a big deal for 2 new decks to be built--watching my Father-in-Law engaged in our church for the first time since we opened 5 years ago--I could go on and on...
So...frost, off with your vial, wicked head! I choose to draw near to the Mighty God, the Warrior I serve. How about you? And especially if you are a church leader...we have no other choice but to prevail! Right?
peace and blessings.