Got to Let it Go

I take no credit for this pic but could find no source data.

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:25-32, New International Version)

I am amazed it hasn’t happened already. In the last two weeks I have been inside almost all the time, inside the house, inside the car, inside the church, inside my mother’s house. I know, I know. There are others who have been inside even more thank I have as they have not left their house.

I was talking to someone the other day who told me it is not at all uncommon for the person to not leave the house for two or three days at a time. First of all, that person is an introvert. Second, the person went on to say, “Now that I have to stay home, I want to go everywhere.” In times like these we can all get pretty frustrated.

I get it. It isn’t an uncommon thing for me to stay home for one day, maybe two. I am not an introvert, I feed on contact with other people. I want to be around other people. I need to be around other people. I can make it for a day or two but right now I feel totally drained. To add to that, I am so frustrated with my self and with computers it is ridiculous. I am frustrated with myself because I went off and left several things at home and now I am paying the price. Most importantly, I left the power cord for my computer at home. I have done things on my phone and on my tablet in an effort to nurse the battery for things I had to do on the laptop. It is dead. And now I need it. There is information on it that exists no where else on the planet. It will be locked there until I get home. GRRRRR!!!!!! Why Keith did you leave something as important as the power cord at home?

I had decided I would write this blog post as a tutorial on tying a snake knot cross. I tied one and patiently took all the pictures with my phone. When I finished, I can’t get the pics off of my phone and onto my mom’s P.C. I can’t seem to get them to play together. I have had password issues. The evil person that decided we needed a different complex password for every program, website, computer and more has lost their mind. We aren’t supposed to write them down. I can’t remember all those passwords. I know the computer is supposed to remember them for you. And, on my computer, most of the time it does, but when, like right now, I am somewhere else, this computer does not know my passwords. I have discovered that when I need to submit a password on an app, it is time to change it. It has to be because I can’t remember. So I go through all the finger gymnastics to create a new password I still won’t remember.

So I can’t get my pics off my phone I moved from a how-to post to one about anger. They don’t quite seem to fit together. Neither does unresolved anger and good health, relationships, or a life in faith.

This post is a personal therapy post. It is my effort to do what Paul says in our lesson, to not let the sunset on my anger and to get rid of it. While a blog post is not always a way to get rid of my anger, it can be therapeutic. To write, something I enjoy, about subjects I enjoy, it is pretty difficult to stay mad for very long.

OK, rant over. Time to get on with my evening.

I hope yours is blessed too.

Seeking the Genuine,

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When God Smiles and When God Cries

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:31-39, New International Version)

A few years ago, before my Dad passed away, Cindy and I made a trip with my parents out to California to visit our oldest son and his family. It was a wonderful trip and I am so grateful we were able to make that trip.

One of the things I did on that trip was look for where I saw God at work. Then I recorded that in my blog. On that trip I saw God in an amazing scene just west of the Texas-New Mexico line. Looking out the driver’s window of the car snow was coming down hard. Out the passenger side window was a bright sunny day. It might not sound so incredible, but it was.

I saw God another day as we drove through the desert but things were able to grow. Even in such an inhospitable area as a desert. Cactus and other plants were there. We actually saw a rabbit hopping from plant to plant.

Of course, I saw God in my grandsons, the granddaughter (only one at the time) was back in Texas. Every day, to see where I would see God next was a blessing.

As I watch the news last night I thought about those days. There was news reports of a man, a retired military man, who passed from Covit-19 today. There was another report of how many more people were diagnosed today with the virus. Then there was an additional report about hording and price gouging. It is difficult to see God in such times but make no mistake, God is present and at times when we treat each other poorly by hording and gouging, I believe it grieves God to the heart.

It is easy in times of difficulty for us to lose sight of God. It can be hard for us to see God’s presence when we lose people as it seems we do each day this month. It is really hard to see God when we see people taking advantage of others for their own benefit. Yes, it is hard to see God in such times. But, I also know God is with us. And if we really look, I think we can always find at least glimpses of God.

The final verses of our lesson this morning are among my favorite verses in Scripture. These verses remind us that even in times when God is very hard to see, we are NOT separated from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Think about all the things that Paul listed and none of them, not even death itself can keep us from the love of God. Maybe we need to look for God a little harder.

I did and I did see God in the same news report a story about the teachers at one elementary school who had a parade in their cars decorated with streamers and posters and banners. They drove the streets of the neighborhoods where their students live. I believe these kind of actions bring God joy and bring a smile to the lips of God.

Years ago I said I wanted to write a book titled, “When God Laughs and When God Cries.” Certainly God isn’t laughing about any of this. Perhaps I should rephrase to “When God Smiles and When God Cries.” I think I saw both last night.

Have a blessed Day in the Lord,

Seeking the Genuine,

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