God is always weaving the details of our lives. Not a thread is placed outside of the design of his immutable purpose and eternal plan. They may not always be placed as we would like them or where we would like them, but the Master craftsman is always working, always completing, and always glorified by what he makes of our lives.
As I continue my first seminary course on the Old Testament, the truths above are remarkably clear. This is week 5 of 7 for this course. I’ve been working night and day to learn and to do as well as I can with the time I have. It’s going well, but there is much work left in these three weeks and a lot more to learn. Nonetheless, I was relieved to find out that the reading and assignment load is a little lighter this week. I’ve had a little extra time, of which I would find out as the week got going, that I would need.
A couple days ago, I was doing some classroom reading in bed before calling it a night. We received a rather desperate sounding text-message and so we threw on our shoes and told the boys to get to bed on-time, we’d be out awhile. A couple was going through some serious marital stress and the wife was about to leave for good. Beth spent nearly 2 hours talking to her and then we talked some with the husband. It’s a long story, but the short of it is the wife decided to give things until the end of October before deciding to leave or not. No immorality involved. Just mostly roots of bitterness from the past, and a lot of poor communication and lack of communication skills. The skill to say “I love you” being one of those lacks. The need to practice grace and forgiveness is another. We all need to practice these every day. Glad to say today the wife has stayed two days so far in keeping with her agreement. Pray for this couple (I won’t name them).
Beth has been noticing that a little boy in our house church doesn’t seem to see very well. He’s not a good student at school. His parents don’t have money for glasses. She took him and his mother to a newly discovered generic eyeglass place this morning. For under $20, he received an eye exam and a cheap pair of blue wire-framed glasses. He looked in a mirror and immediately lamented that his hair looked awful! I think he could have noticed that before but apparently, he did look good in the new glasses…except for the mussed up hair. 🙂
I was glad I had some extra time this week. It came in handy for late night of unplanned ministry, at least, unplanned on my part. God was just simply busy weaving the threads of life…of all our lives…and masterfully adding another row in his tapestry. I can see that now from this side of the week.
Hey!…my hair is a mess.