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Why, God?

 So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth.  For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted. 

“Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded.  For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told. 

Habakkuk 1:4-5

Habakkuk dared ask God Almighty, “Why?”  Why he called out for justice, and saw none. Why he alone (or so it seemed) saw the sinfulness and iniquity around him. Why there was violence and disregard for the law.

Was God angry at Habakkuk for asking for answers? No, He welcome the fact that Habakkuk turned to Him rather than human understanding for answers. But neither did God answer the why; rather God said, “Look and see the things that I, the Lord, am doing all around you.” 

We don’t always see the way God works, nor do we know the reasons behind all He does, but we can see a glimpse into why He seems to delay (at least according to our standards.)  We read: 

 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. – 2 Peter 3:9 

 Not wish that any should perish! Amazing! God desires everyone be saved through repentance and belief in the saving gift of Jesus’ death and resurrection! 

Something to think about in this Easter season.

Spring

Spring is coming.  Slowly, ever so slowly this year. Partly it’s the weather, partly it’s the winter in my soul.

But the sun is trying to shine outside finally, the temperatures are rising about 60 (sometimes.)  And the Son has me secure in his arms as always.

It’s funny how the little things affect me these days.  I was hanging around waiting to leave to meet a friend and see a movie last week, and started to be overwhelmed with anxiety and panic.  Another day I saw a neighbor outside, and she called over that whe would stop to say goodbye before she moved later in the week, and I began to dread having someone ring my doorbell.  Why?

I think it’s because, since Steve’s death, I lost my safety cushion, my anchor.  I realized as I thought about it that the last time I really became panicked about going out or meeting people was before Steve and I met.

But God is always good, and when I remember to count the blessings I’ve had, when I choose to remember God’s love and grace and mercy, the sun peeks out a little more and a little more.

flowers in snow

 

A Prayer for this week

Pray for All People:  First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. – 1 Timothy 2:1 – 2 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1Timothy2:1-2&version=ESV

We pray as our Christian calling, seeking the Lord’s direction, because it is our duty as citizens of the Kingdom.

We vote as our civic duty, for someone to fulfill a job, but only as a secondary concern.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33.

Be Still … part 2

Why do I allow myself to get so stressed over circumstances?  After all, one of the best stories I ever heard goes like this:

A pastor is greeting his congregation after a service, and asks one, ‘How are your doing?’  ‘Not bad, under the circumstances.’ The pastor said, ‘Why do you say that?  As a Christian, we are called and enabled to live above the circumstances of life.’

But I do.  Moving was a struggle this time – the uncertainty of whether or not these kids buying our house were ever going to get any of the necessary paperwork done, the constant changing of dates, etc.  It was crazy.

But GOD!  But God knew how it would work. But God knew when it was right. But God was in each and every detail.

So, what was my problem?  The same as always – lack of mindfulness.  I forgot to focus, to keep my eyes on Jesus, to remember His faithfulness.  In short, my imperfect human-ness got in the way.  Again.  Always.  Ugh.

Now what?  Well, it’s back to my free-weights class with the ladies on Tuesday nights to keep the body moving, back to The Daniel Plan group on Thursdays to keep connected and focused on a healthy, God-directed lifestyle, back to remembering to say ‘Thank you, Father,” for each and every thing in my life, good or bad.  In short, I need to get back to walking the walk and being a follower of Christ that way He asks me to.  So, Lord, I just ask you to help me to focus on You before each step, before each decision.  Help me to follow in your footsteps, carry me when I can’t, and show me by your example how to live!

beach footsteps

The game is afoot!

 

By now, dear readers, you have ferreted out one of my dirty little secrets, namely my  love of Betty Neels and Georgette Heyer romances. Well, I think it’s time that I owned up to another – I am a Sherlock Holmes purist!

SherlockWhat? You don’t read the myriad of spin offs and ‘sequels? Yes, I read a few, notably Nicholas Meyer’s The Seven-Percent Solution and one or two others. Didn’t care for most of them.  (The Seven Percent Solution was a partial exception.) Don’t you watch “Elementary,” “Sherlock,” etc.?  No, sorry, I don’t. I watched the BBC productions with Jeremy Brett and enjoyed it, but that’s it. Why, you ask? Well, for one thing, it’s hard to beat the well-crafted ‘little problems’ of Doyle’s original stories. Second, later writers often try to change the character of Holmes – make him more like the rest of us and less like Holmes.

So, why this article? Well, I finally decided to read a book by Laurie R. King, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice.  Now, mind you, I had certain reservations about the whole thing, because it introduced a new type if character and slant to the story -a young, FEMALE person!  After all, Holmes as delineated by Dr. Watson (via Doyle) is, if not a misogynist, then within a hairsbreadth of being one.  He is irascible, pendantic, and intolerant of ‘lesser minds.’  Thankfully, Ms King neither tries to change the backstory nor the character of Holmes – she works within them.  Of course, she tweaks a few things, but does it very well — she attributes the changes to Watson’s and Doyle’s ‘literary license!’  Neatly done!  (And I will not divulge anymore, so as not to spoil your fun!)

What of the book itself?  Well, I found it easy to read, without being simplistic, well written and engaging, with a well developed plot, i.e., mystery (naturally).  Holmes is still Holmes.

The character of Mary Russell is very believable to me, as I have experienced somewhat of her dilemma  — an modern Amercan woman in the midst of English culture and tradition.  Often a case of ‘sticking out like a sore thumb!’  Our attitudes, thought processes, and what we consider ‘normal’ are often seen by our British cousins as odd, boorish, rude, or just plain strange! So, I like Mary Russell!  A lot.

The only character I had a problem with was King’s portrayal of Dr. Watson.  While it is a sympathetic rendering, she does tend to overdo his ‘bumbling’ nature — to my mind, a man who served his country well and honorably in the Army can’t be as inept as she sometimes implies.  Of course, that view of Watson could be ascribed to the main character, the young Mary Watson.  After all, at age 18 or so, how good are any of us at judging another’s character well?

My conclusion?  Well, my dear Watsons, I will continue to read this series, since series it is indeed, and report back from time to time.  Never fear!  The game is still afoot!