Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists
- Year of the Bible
The morning after Tropical Storm Isaias brushed through my neighborhood, I went outside to check my garden beds. The soil along the slope of a small pine grove where the summer weeds were normally difficult to pull up was now unusually saturated, and the weeds came out easily.
As I look back over my 70 years, I cannot say that I have always been a good neighbor. My obedience to the second of the great commandments is constantly evolving because I want to love my neighbors by the Master’s standards, not my own.
It happened in the summer on a Sunday morning. I was awakened by my wife who said, “Wake up, the babies are here!” This was no dream; this was reality. This was the day. You see, we were expecting the surprise of our lives: three babies. Yes, triplets!
“If God calls you to it, He will lead you through it.” It isn’t what I can do or what I know, but who God is and what He knows.
Jeremiah 29:11 has become one of my favorite texts. It helps me remember that God is in control of my life. He wants me to rely on Him and to implement His plans.
College is a hard time for most young adults. Personally, that period of my life was lonely and discouraging, full of seemingly endless work on top of regular everyday life while figuring out how to be and act like an adult.
Angels are watching out for us today and every day. God is always there and will send His angels to protect us.
When I was a little boy living in the Dominican Republic, I used to save ants from the flood my mother created when she cleaned the concrete floor in our garage. I would take little leaves, straws, whatever was around, to save them. How terrible it was when even one didn’t make it. It pained me.
When going through storms in life, it’s easy to focus on the chaos and tempest around you. It’s easy to lose sight of God and focus on the problem. However, Psalm 120:1 testifies that when we call on the Lord, He will answer.
I do not need to fear when things are hard or when I feel lonely. I only need to trust that God is with me.