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A False Sense of Security

Carolyn and I went last Friday to friends who have a house on the edge of Lake Winona. After a nice lunch, we changed into shorts, and short-sleeved shirts went out onto the lake on their pontoon boat. We went around the lake looking at the various properties on the shoreline and talking about growing up on the lake as Kay had done since she was a little girl. We saw the house of Homer Rodeheaver, who was Billy Sunday’s musical director and an early pioneer of sacred music recordings. His biggest selling record was a recording of The Old Rugged Cross. We saw but didn’t visit, the museum home of Billy Sunday, the former Major League Baseball player who became the great evangelist of his day. He would hold meetings near the town of Winona which attracted thousands and tens of thousands of people. At times our hosts would stop the boat, and we would drift awhile, pushed by the stiff breeze that was blowing and at times causing the lake to get quite choppy regarding the waves. We talked and had a little picnic and all the while the sun was shining. It was only after a couple of hours or so that I began to feel my knees and legs starting to burn. I know at my age I should have figured it out in advance, but I didn’t put on any sunscreen. The breeze had fooled me into thinking that the sun was not that much of a problem. By then, of course, it was too late I had already had the effects of sunburn on my legs and later that evening, and the following day I would feel its effects!
All of this put me in mind of our spiritual journey and how sometimes, no matter how experienced we might be, we can be fooled and then find ourselves suffering because of it. The Psalmist reminds us in Psalm 16, “Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” (v1-2) We know that God seeks to protect us and offer a life that is good in which we might live life to all its fullness. The psalmist at the end of Psalm 16 reminds us that:
7 I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
8 I keep the LORD always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
my body also rests secure.
10 For you do not give me up to Sheol,
or let your faithful one see the Pit.
11 You show me the path of life.
In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

We know that to remain grounded in God’s love we should understand his word a little better. We should seek out the company of others who can guide us in our journey. We should spend time in conversation with God and listen for the call on our lives, yet sometimes, we get fooled by the circumstances to think we are OK when all the while we are being harmed. I pray that in the coming week we may all refocus our lives to remain in the protection of God.
Shalom to you my friend,
Pastor Andrew

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