James 1: Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. ~NLT
Game 5 of the World Series was just crazy. We were traveling and started the game streaming it on our phone. Of course only I, being the passenger, watched it, while Sam kept his eyes glued to the road. When the Astros went down by several runs at the beginning of the game, even the announcers gave bleak odds for winning against the Dodgers pitcher. However, in true Houston Astros fashion, they came back….well, came back, and then gave it up, and came back, and gave it up and so on and so forth until the bottom of the 10th, in which they won on a walk off hit. I was absolutely exhausted after watching such back and forth, but it was then I realized something. As they were jumping on each other, high fiving, and rubbing their heads in disbelief, I realized this is similar to what James 1 talks about. It’s the trouble times, that make the end so much sweeter. It’s looking back to taste victory after such trying circumstances. That is what God calls us to do. The Astros would have taken a win in whatever fashion, but having to push through trials and upsets to get there, made the victory taste that much sweeter. May we as believers remember the same is true for us. Trial and tribulations will come, but when we have persevered, our victory awaits in heaven.
One of the joys of living in the hill country is that your closest neighbors become the deer in your yard. This morning I was doing the "morning get ready rush", and flying down the driveway to take Branson to school. I look up to notice four deer standing between our driveway and the county road we live on. There were three on our side of the fence and one on the county road side of the fence and I saw traffic coming from both directions. I knew if I went any further I would more than likely force the deer to the county road, endangering their lives and potentially causing a wreck. So I slowed and I watched. I waited and waited until both directions were clear and then I went. Three deer ran into our pasture and the one ran across the road safely. Then God just spoke and said, "Kasey, that's what I am to you. I see the big picture and can plan accordingly. I watch the traffic, and the obstacles, and I know when to push you to cross." May we always remember that God has a much larger perspective than our own. Thank you Lord.