There ARE absolutes…

While growing up my Dad had an amazing way of taking opportunities to teach us things even when we didn’t realize he was doing it.  Something that was very important to him was that we were truthful in what we said and how we said it. One thing I think of often is how he used to correct us after we made statements of absolutes.  “You shouldn’t say always or never…because chances are it isn’t completely true.  Instead say most of the time, hardly ever or almost all the time.”  After all, in this life there are no absolutes…or are there?

This morning I woke up not very happy….crabby is more like it.  I wasn’t feeling well and I knew I had much work to do to get ready for an event at church tonight.  I looked out my window and after vowing to have a positive attitude about winter this year when I saw snowflakes I was quite sure my attitude would’ve been better had I not had to take my boys out into the elements.  I told my mother-in-law when I dropped Max and Jack off that I really hoped my attitude would improve on my way to church.  That was my prayer as I backed out of the driveway.

The most amazing thing happened as I was driving down Pine Island Drive.  The snow completely stopped and suddenly the sun blazed through the clouds…and it didn’t stop…!  I could feel God working…it was as if He was lighting my way and warming my cold heart.  What I don’t understand is why He did that.  He didn’t have to and certainly at that exact moment…but He did.  I had a wonderful morning at church with so many exquisite ladies all working hard to provide the women of our church an extraordinary evening all to the glory of our Heavenly Father.  And after I heard people talking about the blizzard outside I was certain I would have to drive home in it this afternoon but I walked to my car and once again it was sunshine all the way home!  Talk about answered prayer.  Needless to say my attitude no longer needs adjusting.

Something that I’m finding over and over and over again each and everyday is that God ALWAYS shows up…in ways big and small.  His faithfulness is just astounding!  There are absolutes in this world…when God is in it.  His Word, His Truth, His presence, His love, His grace, His light…they are ALWAYS there.  Sometimes we just can’t see it.  And God, He NEVER fails or makes mistakes.  It isn’t Him that changes…we do.  I am going to take my Dad’s advice when it comes to myself and use phrases like most of the time and hardly ever andalmost all the time.  But when it comes to God…He is my absolute!

Yet this I call to mind
   and therefore I have hope:

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
   for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
   great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:21-23

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