Daily Devotional February 23, 2021

A few days ago, the temperature was in the single digits, ice covered everything, and I was constantly standing in the frigid wind, putting gas in the generator to power a small space heater in the house.

Just when things were looking up, the tankless water heater froze and the lines burst. 

Because of the flooding, the bags of cement I had stored in the garage, to protect them from the weather, turned into large bricks of cement.

Needless to say, last week was not pleasant.  A lot of people have stories that make mine pale in comparison.

Today, there is no snow or ice.  The forecast says the high today will be 77 degrees.  I have already disposed of the 80 pound bricks of cement from the garage.  And while the plumber did not come yesterday, he has assured me he’s coming today.

Once the water lines are replaced, we can begin the long process of repairing the flood damage to our house.  Having said that, God is great and life is good.  The world keeps spinning.

That’s important to remember when the bottom drops out.  The world keeps spinning and this too, shall pass.

I hope your day is truly filled with joy and laughter but if it is not, remember, God is still on his throne and God’s love for you will not be shaken.  Because of this, you can face whatever life throws your way. 

It is this understanding of life that allowed Paul to say, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:12-13)

Because of God’s love, presence, and guidance, you have it within you to face any adversity, confident that you are not alone.  The Creator of the Universe is in your corner.  God’s got your back.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, there are times when I feel overwhelmed by the unpredictable circumstances of life.  Help me see the big picture.  Remind me that any problem I face will eventually melt away, but your love never will.  Give me wisdom, strength, and the resolve to live for you.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

The polar vortex that hit Texas was a real doozy but it’s now in the past.

The good news about being a follower of Jesus is that we do not focus on the past; we focus on what’s ahead of us.  Some of it will be good.  Some won’t.  But the world will keep turning, and in the end, we go home.  That’s all that really matters.

Having said that, I really would like to take a hot shower.  I’m praying the plumber comes today.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins