I have never been one to embrace change. Those who know me well would attest to that. It came as no surprise when someone recently stated that they could not believe how calm I remained when my business went through numerous staff changes. Trinity lost four wonderful employees; most for family reasons, over a span of several short weeks. Trying times for any small business. How did I not worry? The answer was simple. Lori and I prayed and our Lord provided. Countless times we have witnessed Christ’s hand in our work. He brought us amazing people, who also prayed about their decisions, and has us positioned to continue moving forward and providing our patients the best care possible. For that we are thankful.
Often, as I look around me today, I find it difficult to recognize the world of my youth. While I still long for simpler times, I am grateful for Christian friends who remind me that my joy should come from the Lord. His grace is sufficient. As I was speaking with one of these friends not long ago, I mentioned that I was struggling to find a new devotion book to help me stay committed to spending time daily in God’s word. He offered the name of Charles Spurgeon, a former pastor in England in the 1850s. As I read Spurgeon’s text, it amazes me how the words are as applicable to situations today as they were over 150 years ago. In one morning devotion he writes, “Be glad of heart, believer, but take care that your gladness springs from the Lord.” The author goes on to state how our all-knowing, everlasting, unchanging God should always be the theme of our joy.
I can face each day knowing Jesus Christ is unchanging. Hebrews 13:8 reminds us of that. The God I serve has always been and always will be omnipotent. Jesus simply asks that we repent of our sins, turn to Him, and believe. Sometimes we have to be reminded that God is not necessarily working to make us happy. The verse from Romans above reassures us that in all things He is working for our long-term good.