Late last summer, Lizzie, myself and the dogs went for a walk and Lizzie snapped this little jewel. There had been quite a powerful rainstorm, which seemed to last FOREVER, but then it cleared. And although there wasn't much day left, it became better and better. The sky finally turned that bright blue that you see in the upper left of the picture and the purples and greys of sunset soon followed. I remember that all I could think about was "this too shall pass" and THAT is worth remembering!!! Life is a connected series of constant changes and the best is yet to come...
Romans, Chapter 5
1 Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; 2 through whom we also have our access by faith into this grace in which we stand. We rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only this, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering works perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope: 5 and hope doesn’t disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. 6 For while we were yet weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man. Yet perhaps for a righteous person someone would even dare to die. 8 But God commends his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
In the upcoming years, I see the trend towards a growing animosity toward Christians gaining speed. It seems to me that tough times are ahead for those who try to follow Jesus. But, along with that there is the realization that even those times will change as well. Life is full of cycles and so is our progression as a Christian. From suffering to hope, we need to always remember that God loves the unlovable. This means myself and everyone who reads these words. Every single one of the storms of life will pass and at the sunset of our lives something marvellous awaits. This is a great comfort to me and I hope you say the same thing!!!
PS- Thanks for the picture, Lizzie!!!