Posted by: Jim E | February 9, 2010

To All Who Slog…

Well, finally I get to the blog this morning…after a few days of taxes…meaning, digging out and putting down the figures…so someone else can do the forms…it just feels so good to be finished with that…

And then the snow…yes, even in AR this year…we have had a lot of snow…and cold…maybe not the below zero cold…but below freezing…and that is unusual…we are still below freezing this morning with about 5 inches of snow and frozen slush on the roads…AR doesn’t have the equipment for this…so we have to wait until it melts, to have clear roads…

Of course, my 4 wheel drive is acting up…I take the Yukon in tomorrow…one thing after another…that’s life…hoping for a “computer reboot” to take care of the 4 wheel drive…what are the chances? (my Minnesota upbringing says, “No chance”)…we will see…

And last night we watched a favorite movie (’cause we were snowed and slushed-in)…”Murphy’s Romance”…Sally Fields and James Garner in the romantic comedy…good in a lot of ways…

So what does all this add up to?…all of this adds up to a lot of “Slogging”…you’ve been there, maybe you are there now…life is a lot of slogging…and slogging is here to stay…and like life itself, it’s not easy…in fact it is hard slogging through life…so though it is hard, it is good…hard vs. easy…good times vs. bad times…that’s life…

The best and most simple meaning of slogging is: “To plod (one’s way) perseveringly, especially against difficulty”…and last night’s film, “Murphy’s Romance” has a couple of lines I have always loved…it takes place between Emma and her ex-husband, who is totally irresponsible…she just told him to “get a job”, “put some money in a money market”…he turns and says: “Oh, Emma, does everyone have to put their head down and slog?”…she answers, “Most people do, most people do.”…

That’s slogging…and it describes life in a nutshell…everyone faces it one way or another…so we will all slog through life…now, some of you may say, that a Christian should not have to slog…or at least not “feel” like they are slogging…and that the Lord should “just show us the way” to be above that sort of living…but if you feel that way, you are, oh so young!”…

I remember when Judie and I were young…I don’t know if we were even married yet…but we met a couple from Iowa, he had lived on a farm…he came to Minneapolis to get his education to go into the ministry but had come down with an illness that prevented him from continuing…he told us a story to illustrate his situation…”A farmer was in his field plowing…he was interested in serving the Lord…and as he was plowing, he looked into the sky and saw the letters G P in the clouds…’Go Preach’ he read…he left the farm and went to seminary, etc…only to find out what the ‘G P’ meant was ‘Go Plow'”…

This young couple were battling (slogging) through the thought that they had made a mistake (back on the farm) that would ruin everything God had for them…but as I learned then and as it has been reiterated many times in my life…God in His love overcomes decisions we make…else one mistake would take us irretrievably down the wrong road…

I once read an answer to the question of how a person’s faith helped him navigate life: “Once, faced with choosing between two jobs, I agonized over making a decision that might be wrong for me and my family. After days of prayer, fasting and seeking direction, I realized that God, in His abundance, was offering me not a right and wrong, but two goods, and that he would bless either.”

But what about doubts?…he went on to say, “Only people with doubts need faith. I allow doubts their say, but I do not allow them to define my faith. I neither suppress nor indulge them. Doubt and uncertainty are part of almost everything valuable in life…why not in our relationship with God?”…

So what is this all about?…God is a God of abundance…though we make what we see as mistakes…though we doubt…though we wish we didn’t have to slog…yet in all the slogging…the God of Abundance is there for us…extending to us freely, shalom…peace that rooted in His Character…”wholeness, security, health, prosperity and righteousness”…

So as we slog, let’s look for the hand of our abundant God…that no matter what life dishes out…no matter the doubts, those doubts don’t define our faith…and because life is hard and our God is good…and He wants for us: wholeness, security, health, prosperity and righteousness…ahh, now that is slogging!…


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