Friday, April 3, 2020

Several weeks ago, as I prepared for a visit to my brother in New Mexico, the novel coronavirus plague was just beginning to gain momentum. I was not particularly concerned, but still, I felt it important to try to comfort and encourage my wife with the thought that God, through the Apostle Paul expressed in Romans 14 -"For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's." What a precious truth is here. We are to manifest truth of Galatians 2:20 every day - that is, we are to let Christ live out His purposes in our lives, even, and especially in these times of novel coronavirus.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Till the Storm Passes By

"Till the Storm Passes By"

Two significant wind storms buffeted us in the last week. Large trees swayed too and fro in steady winds of over thirty miles per hour. The radio antennas behind our property sand as the gusts of nearly sixty mph blew through them like breath over oboe reeds. When it was over, broken limbs were strewn over the driveway and lawn. Down along the bay, driftwood and other debris littered the road and hindered progress. In many areas, this might have been a big deal. It is common here during the Spring and Fall, so we learn to patiently wait out the storm.

In Acts 27, the Apostle Paul encountered a storm as he was being taken to Rome. From Scripture, we learn that the seamen were familiar with storms during that time of year. They even had a name for them - much like we might refer to "El Nino" or a named hurricane or typhoon. Verse 20 tells us that the men on board the ship were aware that they were caught up in "no small tempest". We also note that those big strong seamen, who were familiar with that kind of storm lost all hope of being saved - rescued- from the storm.

All of them except the Apostle Paul. He was comforted by the presence of "the angel of God" and confident of deliverance because of the promises of God.

The wind storms over Birch Bay last week were significant, but the storms that batter and buffet each of our lives daily easily overshadow most weather events. We face storms that involve illness, injury, bereavement, and loss of assets daily. The world blows criticism and complaint in our faces constantly. And we are exhorted to face THOSE storms the same way that Paul did. He remained confident in the promises of God's Word.

Time and again, Scripture encourages us with passages such as Philippians 4 (It would be easy to cite verses six and seven, but the whole chapter is such a blessing in times of trouble and trial, that you should read it entirely.). "Be careful for nothing...", "think on THESE things", "... and the God of peace shall be with you." That's how to

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Well THIS has been an adventure ! I would be the first to admit that I am technologically challenged, but when we set out to start a new blog, things got weird. We made some executive decisions and here we are again. The focus of the original "Over the Bay" was not necessarily "spiritual", but from this point, I intend to make it a little more so.

But first, a little geography lesson for those who do not call the Northwest home (or maybe if you do). Within a few hundred yards of our house is a body of water named "Drayton Harbor". On the other end of Harborview Road is another body of water named "Birch Bay". Just a few miles out Semiahmoo (Do the best you can with this Native American word) Parkway and there is a "spit" of land that separates the aforementioned "Drayton Harbor" and "Semiahmoo Bay". This lesson will be profitable to you in later

On the way out Semiahmoo Parkway, there are several trees that have been stripped of their greenery and most of their limbs. There is at least one pair of bald eagles that perch in these trees throughout the year. Other eagles visit the spit in the Spring and Fall. We enjoy their presence, but we keep the cat indoors.

All of that to remind you of Isaiah 40:31. If you have ever had the opportunity to watch an eagle launch from a tree limb or to do a "touch and go" as he (or she) is catching food, you have a wonderful picture of the power of patience in the life of the believer. I like the word "wait", too. It is more than just sitting still. It is waiting with expectation, just as the eagle waits. While he waits, he also watches. While we wait, we ought to watch as well.