FROM YOUR PASTOR’S HEART March 20,2023
As I am sitting in the cozy comfort of my warm office on a cold day, I cannot help but think how far we have come in my lifetime. For the boy “Growing Up on Dump Ground Road,” the only relief from a cold day was found in the two gas space heaters, located in the living room and the bathroom. The beds were covered with Grandma’s quilts, to give some warmth from the icy, cold sheets. In moments of desperation, he would even snuggle next to his big brother for comfort. In the mornings, the family gathered around the living room heater to dress for the day.
In this modern era, we are blessed to enjoy the comforts of central heating and air conditioning in our homes and offices. At the church, we have combination heater/air conditioning units in offices and classrooms. Thanks to these devices, we are staying nice and warm in 34-degree temperatures. One thing that has not changed for the DGR kid is his disdain for cold weather. The boy from Texas would prefer 110 degrees in the shade to facing near freezing temperatures.
Yet, there are times when a bit of cold is a welcomed blessing. Proverbs 25:13 tells us: “Like the cold of snow in time of harvest, is a faithful messenger to those who send him, for he refreshes the soul of his masters.” Solomon’s picture is not of a snowfall in the midst of harvesttime. That would not be a blessing. The snow and ice from the mountains were used to create a refreshing drink during the heat of summer. At such times, a bit of cold is a blessing from the Lord. That is what we seek to be for the people that the Master sends us out to serve. May the messages the Lord gives us to share bring comfort and relief to those who are suffering in every season of life!
Serving in love, Bro. Jim