The conditions are so bad right where I live that the Water Works has issued a 400% fine on any who go over the allotted water amount for the month. 400%! And that is the same whether you are a family of one or a family of ten. We are a family of five adults and one fur baby. But, we usually hover around the "fine-worthy" amount in our usage. So, we are finding creative ways to conserve even more than we normally do. Yet, we are still praying, "Lord, please send the rain." And, this continues to remind me that I am not in charge.
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Despite the recent election and the divide that we see in our country, we can be content in the circumstance and know that He is still God. So many feel that four years with our president-elect will doom our nation. But, just as many felt that way four and eight years ago. And, here we are still plugging along. At the end of the day God calls us not to criticize those who don't vote or believe as we do. Rather, He calls us to love. Unconditionally. Wholeheartedly. Even when it's hard. EVERY person has value to God. Including President Obama and including President-elect Trump. I pray that we can all get past this hate and division... and can find the contentment that He promises.
So much of life is beyond our control. And so many of us are control freaks (anybody else, or is it just me and the people in my family?) When we have circumstances in our lives that are disappointing or challenging, they could be God's way of reminding us that no matter how much we try to control the variables in our lives, He is still ultimately in control. And, I am at peace with that (well, most of the time.) I try, with Paul the apostle, to be content in whatever circumstance I find myself. And every time I go into my kitchen to get a glass of water, I am reminded of that.
"Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:11-13