“Be still my soul, the Lord is on thy side.” The Lord has been reminding me of this line in the old hymn for the last few days. I’ve always hated strife. Strife for me has been defined as turmoil between folks who are close in relationships. This is especially true with family. God broke down the barrier yesterday for Kathy and me. We will be able to have a talk within our own family to reconcile the fragile issues of present. God is so good.
Our family get together yesterday was such a great day. Our brother who hosted the event was like a new person. His own kids were going to be together and were all day. They had been estranged for many years. With all of us boys and our spouses present, it seemed to be the right setting. It was comfortable and fun. There was much laughter and joy throughout the time together. Thank you Jesus!
In the next several weeks I have fewer responsibilities both with the consulting and with the ministry work. In each case the ones involved are gearing up for what will begin in the early fall. Gearing up for me means getting my mind wrapped around all the content I will need to know and understand. However, as I was somewhat wrestling with God about this He reminded me to, “be still and know that He is God.” This message seemed to be saying that it was fine to simply take days where all one did was pick the raspberries, enjoy the yard, change the oil in the car, eat breakfast on the deck, read for pleasure, etc. This is relaxing and one doesn’t need to feel guilty if a day is relaxing. So, OK, I’m looking at a relaxing day and it will be enjoyed. Thank you Jesus!