I am convinced that life is a series of little tests we pass or fail in preparation for the BIG test. I think of myself, as God made me to be…a sheepdog. The little test results have affirmed it so and point me in this direction. But the truth of the matter is that none of us know for certain how we will respond when we finally come to the BIG one. When you stop and think about the BIG test of our Lords most loyal disciples prior to the Resurrection and Ascension, it was in the Garden of Gethsemane. They fell asleep on their watch! Twice! Or was it three times? And the most crushing, and revealing to my point, fail of all. Peter denying Jesus three times. So, how can any of us really know?
Tyranny, a slow-moving shadow, steals in like a thief in the night. Tyranny has faith and patience too. It has faith in itself and has the patience to plan for years while most of us dwell in days. I along with most of my generation grew up hearing of the horrors of the Holocaust and wondering how the German people could ever have allowed this to happen. Now I know.
Good leaders cultivate honest speech; they love advisors who tell them the truth. ~ Proverbs 16:13 ~ I feel I am blessed with good leadership at the local level in my church and state. My pastor and our County Executive are two of the most solid men I know, exemplary in their roles of leadership by example. Stop and think how both men are being tested now as never before. As the ripple expands outward to the…throne in Albany, I feel we are cursed by a Machiavellian soul, a soul that Proverbs has a great deal to say about as well. Think what it says about a leader who sends the clear “by any means necessary” message to those serving under him, his very first day on the job as HUD Director…a slow-moving shadow…
The great truth in all of this is that we are all being tested in this, whether it’s the BIG one or simply the biggest to date. Think about all the parents with small children forced from the necessary means of caring for them, and those of us separated by the same “by any means necessary” force, from loved ones in their final moments upon this earth. Teachers from students, shepherds from their flock…and let me tell you how God knows the sheepdogs too. Got a friend up on that wall…shot thirteen times…gets back up there every single day. I’ve been a little more vocal with my leaders of late. I know they are very much aware of the slow-moving shadow.
Earnestness is a great word meaning sincere and intense conviction. I had a Christian Facebook friend actually warn me about taking on the enemy the other day. You’d be surprised how many times I get that, from both good folks, and not-so-good folks. The enemy loves nothing more than to cause the John 15:13 soldier to question his own sincere and intense conviction in the very heat of battle. I’ll close here for now with this rather encouraging prayer a friend sent me the other day…
From Lily Diblasi:
A prayer for these times in this (CoronaCold):
Eternal Father, You made the whole World stop spinning for a while.
You silenced the noise that we all have created.
You made us bend our knees again and ask for a Miracle.
You closed Your Churches so we will realize how dark our World is without You in it.
You humbled the proud and powerful.
The economy is crashing,
businesses are closing.
We were very proud,
we thought that everything we have, everything we possess, was the result of our hard work.
We have forgotten that it was always Your grace and mercy that made us who we are.
We’re running in circles looking for some cure to this (CoronaCold), when in fact we need to humble ourselves and ask You for guidance and wisdom.
We’ve been living our lives like we will be here on Earth forever like there’s no Heaven.
Maybe these trials are Your
mercy in disguise.
Maybe this (CoronaCold) is actually
Your way of purifying us, &
cleansing our soul, bringing us back to YOU.
Today as these words travel the internet, may all who see them join their hearts and hands together in prayer! Asking for forgiveness & asking for healing & protection from this (CoronaCold)…GOD just wipe it from the Earth!
Father, You have been patiently waiting for us. We’re so sorry for ignoring Your voice… and in our selfish ways, we’ve sometimes forgotten that YOU are GOD!
You only need to say the words and our souls shall all be healed. We ask these things in Jesus’ name!… Amen
Pray for all