Psalm 29:11 May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!
I write to you all as I travel with Sandi and Seth to Rochester, MN for Seth’s annual cardiologist appointment at the Mayo Clinic. This has become a yearly pilgrimage for Seth to have a series of tests to affirm the health of his heart post surgery 5 1/2 years ago. Although Seth has been symptom free since his last surgery these annual visits to Mayo are not without a certain level of anxiety and fear. Our prayers are typically for a boring heart as before surgery it was described as complex. During these hours of travel I have begun to reflect on my blessings in life. In my life I have had opportunity and ambition to go to schools and obtain bachelor, master and doctoral degrees. I have been happily married for 26 years, live on land enough to stretch out, and am allowed to participate in hobbies I hold passion. Our son Ben has graduated in engineering, been married to a wonderful young lady, and secured a productive position. Seth now enters his sophomore year at Trine University, studying Biomedical Engineering.
He hopes one day give back to the medical field that has developed a procedure that was not available for his heart condition when he was born.
Realizing that the life I live is blessed has also allowed me to look at the negativity, the hate, and desire many have to hurt one another with a perspective of confusion. A few weeks ago I preached a sermon on the subject that Christ does not wait for the storms of life to hit before he steps in to help. Rather Christ is the one who sits with you, upholding you and giving you strength during the storm. That when the disciples were caught in the wind and waves Christ was there to love and care for them. So with so many personal blessings we can each claim and the presence of Christ in the storms of life, why then do people hurt one another so readily? Is it a result of arrogance, pride, fixated ideals, selfish desires, need to control, or over-exaggerated self worth? Perhaps it is as simple as pushing the words and wisdom of Jesus to the side and therefore letting our poor humanistic qualities germinate.
I challenge you this month to reflect on the blessings God has given you and continues to give you, even in the storms of life. Look beyond the perpetual desire people have to hurt one another and let the gift of your life be filled with a Christ centered joy!
Psalm 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure.
P.S. Seth’s check up was outstanding; the cardiologist likes how his heart is functioning and has little concern to change his current care regimen. In other words, see you next year.
Lord, thank you for the continued blessings.