Daily Devotional December 22, 2022

Extremely cold weather is coming our way this morning.  I am not a fan because I am delicate.

Actually, I really do dread the extreme cold because I still have memories of the terrible storm in 2021 that froze Texas, killed many people, and resulted in a tremendous amount of material damage due to frozen pipes bursting.  And because Shannon and I have livestock, every day, I would dress up like the Michelin Man and wade through the snow, carrying a sledgehammer, to break the ice on the stock tanks so the animals could have access to water.  It was not the highlight of my life.  In addition, we were one of those that experienced a ruptured water pipe.  

In order to prepare for today’s weather, I bought extra fuel for the generator, got protein tubs for the cows and horses, and spent hours moving giant round bales of hay in the dark to make sure the animals would have enough to eat.  I also double wrapped the water pipe at the barn and made sure all the exposed faucets had covers.  We are as ready as we can get.

Will all the preparations be enough?  We are about to find out.

The good news is no matter what the weather brings these next few days, it will pass, and eventually the sun will shine, warmer weather will return, and life will return to normal.  Just like the weather, that’s how life works.

I pray you are at a good place in life, but if you find yourself in a hard place, know this too shall pass.  Your life won’t always be filled with trials and tribulations.  The sun will eventually shine because of The Son.

No matter what the world dishes out, God will not forsake you.  He loves you too much to walk away.

When Moses speaks to the Israelites about conquering the Promised Land, he knows he is addressing people who are facing the monsters of fear and uncertainty.  He tells them, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

The promise Moses spoke thousands of years ago wasn’t just for the Israelites, it’s also for you.

Whatever you face, God will face it with you, and one day, God will bring you home to a place where my grandchildren’s Children’s Bible says, “There’s no more sad and no more bad.” 

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, when I face trials, remind me of your presence, guidance, wisdom, and love.  Help me trust, even in those moments I see no hope.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

The bad doesn’t last but God’s goodness does.

Also, just for the record, a warm front is moving through on Christmas Eve.  The high will be 34 degrees.  I cannot wait.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins