Rain clouds and sunshine  10-2-18

“I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus”  – 1 Corinthians 1:4

There are many clouds full of moisture across the skyline today, which is unusual for us living in central Florida. It reminds me of long ago, up north in Michigan. The skyline was gray almost every day and I longed for the warmth and comfort of the sunshine. Of course, in the fall, winter and spring, it seemed we had endless days of gloom. My impression was that the beautiful sunshine of summer lasted only a few weeks…and perhaps it did! I’m happy to live in Florida where most days are sunny and warm.

So I wondered, what can one accomplish on ominous cloudy days that conceal the beauty of sun shining rays? Well, regardless of cloud or sun shine, light or dark…we still have 60 seconds in every minute, 60 minutes in every hour and 24 hours in every day. So, what can be accomplished with 86,400 seconds today?

It took me less than 30 seconds to recite the Lord’s Prayer. It only took me five minutes to read my new online devotional from Rev John Ed Mathison, and less than that for my morning devotional. I was at the gym less than an hour for my morning workout. I read two commentaries and Scriptures this morning, while preparing a message for next Sunday, and I spent quite a bit of time reviewing my notes and handouts from the leadership training from last week. The sunshine, nor lack thereof, seemed to affect my abilities in any way.

I would say that the Son-shine had more to do with my ability than the sunshine. In fact, because of Christ-centeredness, I observed folks doing much for the Lord today! There was a flurry of phone calls, money counting, home visits, children dancing, and the unpacking, sorting and displaying for the annual Fall Festival. Many folks have decided to pass their slightly used treasures on to others. There is excitement in the Lord’s House this week!

It may certainly be fun and exciting for the return of Fall Festival. I’m also excited that thousands of dollars will enable Trinity to establish and partner with mission and outreach initiatives – locally, nationally and internationally.

It is true—“I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus”. So, what are you going to do with your 86,400 seconds today?

“O Divine Love, who calls and sends all who follow you, help me in this time apart to once more hear your voice. Grant grace to hear your voice calling and sending me, and grant faith enough to respond in obedience. Amen” ~John Wesley (transcribed by Bishop Rueben Job, 40 Days with Wesley, page 61)

Pastor Dale Golden

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