Monday, March 11, 2024

Orange Moon Monday, March 11, 2024 "All Things"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…

"All Things"

"God grants to us opportunity and responsibility to see all things in our lives through the lens of Christ."   


      While traveling yesterday to a special Marine Corps promotion ceremony for our son, Noah, six of our family were involved in a serious accident on the interstate.   A driver who indicated he had fallen asleep at the wheel struck us from behind at a very high rate of speed, resulting in our vehicle becoming out of control.  Thankfully, I (or rather, Someone!) was able to maneuver the car and regain our bearings.  No one was injured, including the driver that struck us.  Sadly, we missed the ceremony, but of course, I rejoice that my wife, daughters, and two of our grandchildren came through unscathed (glad for the other driver also).

    It will take time to fully process the event.  Our main response has been an enormous amount of gratitude for the Lord's protection.  We also have agreed together that we have another experience to add to our family's history of God's grace administered in more ways than ever we can number.  It hurts us deeply to have missed Noah's ceremony (which, thankfully, was videoed).  However, we know our Heavenly Father had purpose in allowing the accident, and purpose also for our hearts and the hearts of those with whom we will have opportunity to testify of His care and protection.  "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so" (Psalm 107:2).  Indeed, by far, the most obvious fact of what happened yesterday can only be described as "God."  This does not discount the human error involved caused by irresponsibility, or the sadness of missing a very special event in our son's life and career.   As mentioned in one of these devotionals last week, however, it does reveal how wondrously our Heavenly Father coordinates all things for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ and the benefit of those who trust Him.  Yes, "all things work together for good" means exactly what it says for believers in the Lord Jesus, the good of conforming us to the spirit and moral image of the Savior (Romans 8:28-29).

    God grants to us opportunity and responsibility to see all things in our lives through the lens of Christ.  Be it blessing, difficulty, or everyday moment, all flow with the current of "the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Ephesians 3:11).  He omits such meaning and significance in nothing.  He wastes no event in working to fulfill such a wonder.  Of course, we miss so much as we presently "see through a glass darkly" (I Corinthians 13:12).  We do not have to miss all, however.  Thus, our family will look back on a day when we did miss a very special ceremony, and we did experience a very difficult occurrence.  But we will not miss the opportunity as the redeemed of the Lord to "say so," that is, to confess that in all things, He is "able to do exceeding, abundantly above all we ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20).  We shall see as time rolls on, and throughout eternity to come, just how the events of yesterday bear clear witness to "all things together for good."

"For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen."

(Romans 11:36)

Weekly Memory Verse

   Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy,"

(Psalm 107:2)


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