Thank you, Lord, for:
Lunch with Lex and Whitt
Lexi hanging out!
Making Thieves Vinegar and elderberry syrup with these great girls!
Park came home while we were making it and he held the babies and played with Abe and Meadow. So sweet!❤️❤️
Sitting outside writing Thankful Thursday! 😜
“Now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face Now we know in part, then we will know fully, even as we are fully known” 1 Corinthians 13:12
“knowing that God’s on your side even when the prayer is unanswered. Perhaps we can think of it this way. Let’s say there was a little house inhabited by American allies on Normandy beach when D-day broke out. In fact, let’s suppose that the family in this unfortunate beach cottage consisted of the son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren of the head captain of the invading American fleet. There they were, caught in the cross fire of this terrible battle. Let’s say they had a radio line with this captain and could radio their requests to him during the battle. They told him they were being hit both with enemy fire and with American fire. They told him they were wounded and needed supplies, hungry and needed food, etc.
Now the captain cares a great deal about his son and his family and would like to answer every one of their requests. But, at the same time, there is a larger battle to fight, thousands of other lives to consider, and the outcome of this important battle which must be of preeminent importance. So sometimes this captain can meet his son’s requests. But other times, given the strategic warfare of the enemy, he cannot. And perhaps sometimes their requests are not even to their own advantage given the course the battle is taking.
But the unfortunate family in the beach cottage doesn’t have this broader perspective. They only know that the captain is on their side, that their requests are heard and are taken into account, and that sometimes their requests are granted and sometimes not. But they, lacking his strategic perspective, have no idea why this is the case. They don’t have a purview of the whole battle. Their perspective is limited to the tiny windows in their cottage....
In truth, we only can know this one thing: Our Captain is in love with us. He wants the best for us, He’s on our side, He hears and is influenced by our petitions, and when it is possible to promote the good and avoid pain, He does it. But in warfare this is simply not always possible—even for God—so long as He sticks to His highest agenda, which is love and therefore freedom.“
”Letters From a Sceptic”