, Muskogee, OK

Fort Gibson

March 24, 2014

Jesus brings joy to life and relationships!

We recently sat in the waiting room anticipating some good news from the surgeon. It finally came. The doctor walked in and said there is “no more disease” visible in my sister Patti who had just finished undergoing her second surgery related to her diagnosis of colon cancer.

I went to go see her this past weekend just to give her a hug. Such a great time! As we visited, I told her I had been trying to think of somewhere to take Lisa for our 25th wedding anniversary. She told me that if she has learned anything throughout the ordeal of being sick it is to seize the moment and enjoy life while you feel like it. Seems like sound advice to me. How many of us need to do a better job of taking words like those to heart?  

Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:25-29 indicate he was a firm believer in living in the moment. “25I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these (NIV).”

In all fairness, Jesus has personally experienced what it is like to be in the presence of God. But hey, that’s what faith is all about, not worrying, and instead trusting in God to provide us with everything we need in this life and then bring us home to heaven. The time will come when we will no longer struggle with faith, since we will be able to see our Heavenly Father face to face.

Until then, God has given us so many blessings to enjoy here on earth if we will only look around us and take the time to be amazed just like those first century disciples. They witnessed Jesus here on earth, saw him die, saw him laid in a tomb, saw him appear to hundreds of people over a 40-day period after his resurrection, and saw him disappear again. His creativity and power really are incredible.

“15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 by all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities?all things were created through him and for him. 17 he is before all things, and in him all things hold together (Colossians 1:16-17, ESV).”

I am still not sure where Lisa and I will spend our anniversary. One thing is for sure, every day of our marriage and every day of life is a celebration because of our Creator and Savior, the One who gives us hope, Jesus Christ. Have a blessed week!

Reach Barrett Vanlandingham at the Fort Gibson Church of Christ at(918) 478-2222

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