The college’s bell tower had not yet rung 6AM, and the sun was still coming up over the wheat that was drying out from the recent rains, which had at least brought in cooler weather. So sipping hot tea on my patio while donning a sweatshirt in southern Missouri in mid-June was a real treat. Birds singing, an occasional rooster (even though we live in town), and my big black dog was not panting yet. Not bad at all for a summer Monday morning!
Until a bird decided to critique yesterday’s sermon notes:
Doggone it! I hadn’t even looked over them yet! Now, if I had had the patio umbrella up, this would have prevented the mess from the feathered kamikazes. But, oh no, I felt I wanted a more “unobstructed view” of the morning sky and trees and clouds and all that, as if the 360-view around me wasn’t enough.
“For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.
He gives us grace and glory.
The Lord will withhold no good thing
from those who do what is right.”
Interestingly, it says here that God is both sun AND shield. So He created the sun and everything that goes with it: heat, light, plant growth,…birds. At the same time, He is also the shield, which means there must be a limit for me concerning some of the enjoyable things that He has created.
I get in serious do-do (sorry, couldn’t resist following my analogy) when I choose to stray from under His protective umbrella of relational obedience.
“For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.”
Does my Father want good for me? Of course! It says up there that He will “withhold no good thing”. But it’s a matter of who’s definition of good I’m going to depend on.
Personally, I prefer to hangout under the umbrella. (This time, it was only inches from my tea cup!)
Psalm 84:11; 1 John 2:16 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All