Next month we will have a pastor so this will be the last sharing of my thoughts, at least in the newsletter. I want to thank everyone who has said they have liked my rambling. It has been fun and interesting. Sometimes I am not sure myself what is going to come out of my typing. The Lord is good!
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our church family for all the support you have given to Carl and myself. I would be hard pressed to think of someone who has not sent a card, telephoned, visited, brought over food, or simply asked how we were doing and that they were praying for us. Unless you have been in our situation you have no idea how much that means. Some of our caregivers have even commented on the support we have been given. May God bless all of you.
Sometimes when we find ourselves in difficult times, God speaks to us in ways we could not have imagined. One day when I was feeling particularly discouraged, I checked my computer and someone had posted a note on Facebook saying “It is all in God's hands.” There was more but only that phrase was meant for me on that day. At a recent very sad funeral Pastor Gary said we need to be a Jesus to someone. That also struck me as something we can all do. We may be the only Christian someone will ever know so how we live and act could well make a difference.
Sometimes we also receive little messages to encourage us. One of my favorite spring sights is a pasture south of Greene that turns blue with flowers for a short time in the spring. Since I did get out much this spring I didn't even think about it. But I did have an opportunity to drive by and there they were! Just for me! Not really but I was glad to see them and did say thank you to the creator that put them there. Sometimes we just need to look at the little things and thank God for all that he has put into our lives – big things like new babies and little things like blue flowers in a pasture. I challenge you to look for the little things that God has put into your life. These little things can really be a blessing and perhaps even calm when we are so worried about the big things in our lives. We need to “stop and smell the roses”. Our Lord put them there for us to enjoy. If we see only the thorns, we miss the beauty. God is good and with us in good times and bad. He has given us many blessings but sometimes when difficult times come, we need to look for them. They are there.