Friday, June 29, 2012

Uneven Lanes

             So what are uneven lanes? Does this mean the lanes are not the same width? Does it mean each lane is a different height? If they aren’t even, are they odd? My online thesaurus says uneven is rough, bumpy, irregular, potholed, or not level.
Sometimes I think life should come with a warning sign that says “Uneven Lanes”. Life can be rough or bumpy. It can be irregular and have potholes from time to time. Life is rarely level. A common phrase from the mouths of most teenagers is: “It’s not fair,” which could also be translated “Uneven Lanes.” Life isn’t always what we would term fair, and we all encounter uneven lanes from time to time.
I would venture to say that all of us have uneven lanes in our regular course of life. The greatest uneven lane is saying one thing and doing another. We can be quick to judge others for this, but by judging others for their uneven lanes, we only reflect our own
                Isaiah 40:4 (ESV) says, “Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.” John the Baptist quotes this scripture as he is preparing the way for Jesus and calling people to repentance.
                Let’s work on the uneven lanes in our own lives as we prepare and look forward to Christ’s return. Are Your Lanes Even?

Friday, June 22, 2012

Frog Crossing

Frog crossing ahead.

That may not be what the sign says, but that’s what it means. My sister told me she saw a sign like this when she lived in Germany. She said they put up little fences so the frogs couldn’t hop over, and people would take the frogs from one side of the road to the other in buckets. At first I thought the nine years she has on me was making her brain a little fuzzy, but it’s actually true. Check out the following link.

While I’ve never seen a frog crossing sign in person, I have noticed an unusual amount of little frogs in my yard this year. One of the few references to frogs in the Bible is in the second plague on Egypt in the Old Testament (Exodus 8:1-13).  Maybe this is a sign from God that I shouldn’t be doing any of the yard work; but then again, these frogs are only in the yard and flowerbeds and are not showing up in my house. My dog’s water bowl, on the other hand, is another story.

What lesson can I learn from a frog? I’m sure with some research, I could learn a lot. For now a frog reminds me of an acronym. The next time you have an unforeseen road to cross in your life, remember the frog --  Fully Rely on God!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Father's Day

My father went to be with the Lord almost 7 years ago. I can’t believe it has been that long. Sometimes I still wonder what he will think of certain things. This week the Mitt Romney campaign came to town, and Governor Romney spoke at my office. It was exciting in so many ways. My dad would have loved to be a part of something like that. When I was younger, I thought he would make a great President. His comment to me was always, “I wouldn’t get elected, because I would tell them the truth.” My dad loved discussing politics, but what he loved more was discussing his faith and the Bible and teaching others how to share their faith.
This Father’s Day I will honor my husband who is a wonderful Father to his son and to my daughter and son also. I will honor my son-in law, father of my two precious grandsons. But this year I also want to make a special effort to remember my Heavenly Father. I want to give Him blessing and honor on the day we celebrate fathers. As I think about how to make this Father’s Day special for not only the earthly fathers in my midst but also for my Heavenly Father, I am looking for suggestions.
What are your ideas for making this Father’s Day a special day for our Heavenly Father?