Thursday, June 30, 2011

~ "Oatmeal and memories..."

If we believe not, [yet] he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. (2 Tim 2:13)

There are three boys turning 12 today. They came into this world a few months early and a year after their mom lost a set of twins. They are miracles. They exist because their parents had faith. They exist because of the promises of God. Knowing that each of them are now strong, healthy, and approaching on their teenage years, causes one to pause and remember their entrance into this world. The early days were far from easy and sleep was a priceless commodity. I can remember coming home after working a midnight shift, sending my daughters off to school and then crossing the street to help feed breakfast - an event that usually required me to chip the oatmeal off my glasses and my badge (thank goodness that police uniforms are machine washable). It's been four years since I've seen them.

Each of us has a role in life. We fit into it like the pieces of a puzzle. Each one is just a little different than the other, insignificant by itself, some discerning features (perhaps a few different characteristics) yet when assembled, becomes a beautiful picture. Such is the family of God. We are each different yet we combine to make an image that reflects the light of the world. We are not alone, although there are times when we feel that way. We are one of many, yet we are indispensable. We cannot be left alone and shine, even when our faith seems to be vacationing on a distant planet! God is ever faithful; Jesus cannot and will not leave our side. We are His and we are of Him. In the same way we cannot walk away and leave those who have touched our lives (for they are always a part of us - in our thoughts, our minds, our memories), Jesus cannot walk away from us. Even when we feel alone, we are not. We are in His sight every minute of every day.

Don't let the disappointments of life cause you to lose faith. Don't give up. It's those disappointments that build strength. There is something to be said about getting up, dusting oneself off and trying again. There are three boys who are living proof that although disappointments and heartbreak may come your way, if you are persistent, if you have faith, all things are possible. Just ask Matthew, Timothy and Christopher...