This ‘n’ That — Do Not Be Surprised…

As long as there is no hail or damaging winds involved, I generally love a good thunderstorm. Feeling the air chill down, watching the clouds roll in, and hearing the power of the thunder as the lightning dances in the sky, all of these things actually calm me. For the most part, we know when a storm is coming, don’t we? Even without the weather app on our smartphone, we can feel the temperature drop and see the clouds gathering. We know to go inside and hunker down.

Thinking about storms and watching cloudy skies today reminded me of a certain passage of Scripture.

And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed. (Matthew 16:1-4)

What we are seeing in our country and in our world should not surprise us. Mourn and lament as appropriate, yes, but do not lose hope. Furthermore, do not lose sight of your ultimate purpose as a Christian, or of the promises made to you by the One who will one day return and make all things new.

Okay, that’s enough waxing eloquent for today! Now it’s time to sit back and enjoy a somewhat abbreviated week in review (kind of):

  • Irene Triplett was the last person to receive a Civil War pension (her father served in the war). Her story is…um…interesting.
  • Interesting anecdotes on prayer.
  • I didn’t know this about Jonathan Edwards, did you?
  • I once read a horrifically boring biography about Anne Bradstreet. Thankfully, this article is much better and does Bradstreet justice.
  • Something I described in this episode of Equipping Eve happened to me again this week. 2020 and I are through.
  • I enjoy William Cowper’s hymns and look forward to reading more of his poetry.

As the hard frosts in winter bring on the flowers in the spring, and as the night ushers in the morning-star, so the evils of affliction produce much good to those that love God.

Thomas Watson

via This ‘n’ That — Do Not Be Surprised…

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