Since it has been awhile since my last Jaunt post, I thought I would give a brief explanation of this feature. The dictionary defines jaunt as a short excursion or journey for pleasure. The word has long been a favorite of mine since a newspaper used it connected with my name to describe a game-winning touchdown in my high school days. So these articles are quick hits on things I am thinking.
Last night was light on sleep as outer bands of the storm Isaac swept through our area. While I pray for protection for myself and the rest of those in the storm’s path, I cannot help but stand in awe of God’s power. We mere mortals find ourselves totally at the mercy of the creator’s power.
I have picked up a copy and started reading Where Is God When It Hurts? by Phillip Yancey. This book originally came out in 1977 and this version is a slight reworking of that. Yancey writes in such a manner that the reader feels like he is inside the story. While man has been asking the titled question since the days of Job, today’s culture is asking it afresh in the midst of our current events. I commend this book to you.
I am nearing the end of my reading journey through the Old Testament. I cannot recall ever gleaning as much from reading the prophets as I have this time. The prophets clearly sounded a message of judgment for God’s people having turned from him. Yet I was amazed at how much they spoke about God restoring the fortunes of his people.
I have been thinking much about the focus and direction of this blog. I really have a desire to minister through this medium. More on this later.
I cannot express adequately enough how blessed we have been to be a part of our church. It has been a year since we first showed up. The leadership and the people have a genuine heart for the Lord and have stirred us up.
Now for some really great news. Come next spring, I will have another grandchild. Emma is going to be a big sister. Heath and Caleb will have another young cousin. Suzie will biologically be a grandmother for the first time in less than a month. She is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Mackenzie. Between the two of us we will go from having three grandchildren to five.
Speaking of the seasons, it is almost time to kickoff the first real football game of the season. It looks promising for my beloved Oklahoma Sooners. I hope the Dallas Cowboys come through this year, but I’m afraid the recent past has me keeping my hopes in check.
Until the next excursion…