Although I've admittedly slacked from my reading of Boyd's book I started months ago,some things have come to mind this week that I can't get over just yet.
God has blessed us tremendously lately. Last Sunday morning, two more students came forward during our 'invitation/response' time. I got to pray with them about their relationship to Christ. And last Sunday night our church baptized 15 people, the vast majority of which were students (and their families) in our student ministry. Some REALLY amazing stories I'm not at complete liberty to share publicly just yet, but suffice it to say, 'Yea, God! You rock!' Students are growing. Scuba Steve is doing an awesome job. Our leadership team is stepping out and shining on their campuses.
But then there's the poo.
We have parents struggling with their children. College students battling serious issues. High schoolers dealing with sexual and physical issues I've not had to face. Parents faced with life-altering news they've not yet shared with their teenagers. And the list goes on.
Amidst the overwhelming blessings, I'm reminded that I am still at war. Not against flesh and blood, but against The Enemy of Heaven. The Roaring, Hungry Lion. The Great Deceiver. My fast friend, Stephen Baldwin, once gave me some great advice about that Pest. Thank you, Stevie B, you were right, bro.
It was Martin Luther who once said, "The greatest trial is when there are none."
That makes this a piece of cake.
I lift my eyes up to the hills-
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
the Maker of Heaven and Earth'
He will not let your foot slip-
he who watches over you will not slumber
Indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep
Psalm 121: 1-2