Daily Devotional February 3, 2022

On February 11, 2021, a monster ice storm rolled through the United States.  Much of the power grid in Texas collapsed.  Many were without power.  Hundreds of people died. It was really bad.

To add insult to injury, no one was truly held accountable for the massive loss of life and property damage.

When the ice hit, we lost power at our house, and a water line ruptured.  

What got us through was our propane fireplace and a small heater powered by my portable generator.  

In 2021, I decided I really dislike February.

On February 2, 2022, a monster ice storm rolled through the United States.  Rolling blackouts, impassable roads, and life-threatening conditions are predicted. 

So far, we have not lost power, but we are ready as we can get.  All the cows and horses have plenty of hay and shelter, the portable generator is ready to go, and Shannon bought two big heaters.  

Yesterday, I decided I really dislike February.

I live in Texas.  I have never signed up for Artic cold.  If I wanted to live in cold, I would move to North Dakota.  Cold hurts.

The good news is the cold will end and spring is coming.  This is a good analogy for life.

We all experience bad times in life.  Sickness, financial strain, troubled marriages, mental health issues, worries about children, unfulfilling careers, and a general dissatisfaction with life are just a few of the issues many people face.  These are the winter issues of life.  The good news is spring is coming.

As Christians, we know when we close our eyes in this world for the last time, our lives do not end.  That’s because when we open our eyes, we will see God’s beautiful face and are welcomed to our true home, where the winter issues that plagued us in this world, no longer exist.

While the Bible doesn’t give us a lot of information about heaven, the best description is found in book of Revelation.  This is what it says, And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”  (Revelation 21:3-5a)

God promises to make everything new.  All the pains and heartaches of this world will be left behind.  All God asks is we trust and continue to see the big picture.  The winter issues of life will not win.  God does.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, when I get bogged down by the momentary trials of this life, remind me of your big picture.  Help me to always trust in you.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Winter always gives way to spring.  This storm will pass.

Also, while the Bible never says so, I am positive we won’t need parkas in heaven.  I cannot wait.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins