The Slow Effects of Time

I had to have the air conditioner in my 12-year-old car recharged today.  It is about 95 degrees on the east coast and I just noticed the AC need.  Years have gone by and it slowly weakened without our noticing and then came a heat wave.  The weakness became very obvious.  This isn’t much different than so many other things about us.  We can neglect exercising and not really notice it until we suddenly are confronted with a rigorous task that leaves us panting and even worse chest pain.  We can eat just a bit more than we need each day and not notice until one day our cotton clothes look like Spandex.  We can neglect our walk with God and not notice until suddenly we come face to face with a serious personal loss and we have little faith or spiritual fortitude to carry the day.

This would be a good time to talk about the Grasshopper and the Ants. The ants knew hard times were coming and prepared.  As for the grasshopper we all know what he didn’t do.

We can be very blessed and live what appears to some to be a charmed life.  However, I do not wish to be a prophet of doom, I am just someone who has lived long enough to know that bad things happen to all of us.  You might be the best Christian in the world but it is not an insurance policy against personal loss.  Hard times will come.  You will have days that devastate you and challenge your deepest faith.  Once again I could now insult your intelligence and tell you what you need to do.  But you are bright.  You know not to let dust collect on your Bible.

Written by Roger Bothwell on July 19, 2013

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