My devotional reading was in 2 Chronicles 21 this morning. It was an effective reminder that regret has more than one face.
The book of 2 Chronicles lists several of Judah’s kings for us, describing their reigns and making sure to tell us if they were good or bad, if they followed in the way of their fathers or not. And in chapter 21 it tells us that Jehoram, King of Judah, was a bad king.
When I woke up one recent Sunday morning, the first thought on my mind was, Do I have a cord in my window?
I have to admit it was an unusual thought, but it wasn’t long before God showed up in it. I was quickly reminded of the Bible story about a cord in the window, and it happens to be one of my favorite stories in the Old Testament. Well, it’s one of my favorites in the entire Bible.
It's almost Christmas, and it's hard to believe it's here already. I just had my folks in for a Christmas Eve brunch. It was the first time they had ever had overnight french toast, and they raved about how good it tasted. After they left, I baked some cookies. They're my signature sugar cookies with vanilla frosting and red sprinkles. Well, they're not mine, so to speak, because they're slice-and-bake, but I still shake on a mean red sprinkle.
Next on my list is some S'mores brownies for a Christmas Eve party my daughter, Heather, and I have been invited to after we attend our Christmas Eve church service. Before I head back into the kitchen, though, I'm on a break. First, it was a “check my email" break. But it has quickly become a “This has to be a story" break because I have to share what was in my email.
I was reading in a little devotional booklet that I like to start my day with, and the author of one of the devotional stories used the parable of the sower in Mark 4 as her main scripture. It was a story I had heard many times, covered from many different points of view. But, as God often does, I learned something new from one little sentence: "Sow what you want to reap."
"I am the vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful" (John 15:1-2).
It's all good.
Have you ever said that, or heard somebody else say it? When you hear the words, "It's all good," it usually means that everything really isn't as good as it could be, but there's still the hope that everything will turn out OK anyway.
Now, switch gears a little bit.