You know what is not fun? Spending half an hour on the phone with the bank, then spending an hour at the local branch on each of two visits. Not to mention calling creditors to explain why your bill payments haven’t gone through. That is what is going on at our house this week, since I noticed a fraudulent transaction on our checking account Monday. It was an electronic check in my name to “Premier Web Systems.” (My experience is similar to this gentleman’s.) When I called the number on the check, the woman who answered the phone gave the name of a different company, “Billing Solutions.” I asked several questions, but she couldn’t tell me much about what the charge was for. She did say that they would give me a refund and delete my information from their system. She also warned me that if I called my bank and received a refund from them, that second refund would be illegal.
So, then I called the bank. By now I had texted my husband about it. He looked and found a similar transaction from July. (Both amounts were small enough—under $35—that they were easy to miss). I told the bank representative what Billing Solutions said about getting an illegal refund. She said that she was not going to wait and see whether Billing Solutions/Premier Web Systems/whoever was going to keep their word. So she gave us a refund for both transactions. (“If you get two refunds, you get two refunds.”) After all, she said, consider the source of the statement. (The bank also strongly recommended that we close the account.)
That got me thinking about other information we receive from questionable sources. Satan specializes in lies, so like it or not, we can fall for them if we are not vigilant (Ephesians 6:10-17, 1 Peter 5:8). Sometimes the lies are so small that we don’t even notice them. They remain in our mental accounts for months … or decades.
Our emotions are not always reliable sources of information. They can alert us to spiritual issues that we need to take before the Lord; or they can lead us astray, into selfishness or self-pity.
Even well-intentioned, Jesus-loving friends and family get it wrong sometimes. There’s really one Source who gets it right every single time.
Do you know what’s happening tonight?? You might think I’m referring to Game 2 of the World Series. But it’s also the night of the third debate of the Republican candidates for president. It’s likely to last at least three hours, and I will be firmly planted in front of the TV for all of it, as I was for the previous two, and as I was two weeks ago for the Democratic debates.
It was just about a year ago that I professed my love for political punditry. My second favorite thing about Sundays is listening the Sabbath gasbags (a term I use affectionately) dissect the news on the morning talk shows. And I’m not sure which I enjoy more—hearing the journalists and analysts talk politics, or doing the talking myself. Once I get going, it’s hard to shut me up!
Imagine if I were always so excited, so enthusiastic, so passionate when talking about Jesus!
And while politics have some importance, how much weight will tonight’s debates carry in eternity?
Do you ever find yourself more passionate about your hobbies and interests than about Jesus?
Yesterday was the first day of our homeschool and we are starting our Bible lessons with the Book of Genesis. The creation story is familiar, though I still have a hard time remembering what was created when. I do remember that, at the end of each day, God looked at what He’d made and “saw that it was good.” Actually, on the sixth day, after He’d created man in His image, “God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.”
Later in the day, I thought about how we image-bearers (especially the female segment), often dispute that divine declaration. We look in the mirror with dismay at the kinks He put in our hair, or the curls He left out. We frown at the shape of the lips He carved and the nose He sculpted. And we say, “It is not good.”
Why should we believe that any hair texture, skin tone, or bone structure is better than another? Why would we limit the definition of beauty when God’s design is so magnificently diverse? Why are we more willing to believe cultural standards than the Creator of the universe?
What can you start to appreciate about the way God made you?
This summer each of our children received some money from their grandparents, to spend as they choose. For the past few days, the youngest has been asking–very earnestly :)—to be taken to the store to buy some Legos (more Legos, that is). Today, Daddy agreed to take him and so they’re on their way. I didn’t go with them, but I have to imagine that their in-car conversation is about the amazing structures that Little Man is going to build, or perhaps the French fries he’d like to get on the way home. Maybe he’s telling Daddy about his day. Or he might be asking Daddy whether Legos existed when he was growing up.
I’m pretty confident that my son is not asking whether Daddy knows the way to the toy store. Or how an internal combustion engine works. He’s probably not checking to make sure that Daddy uses the turn signal, or pointing out cars that might be about to enter their lane. He knows that Daddy knows the way, because he’s seen Daddy drive there before. I’m pretty sure he’s just enjoying the ride.
You know where I’m going with this, don’t you? 😀 Our Lord knows the way! He made the way. HE IS THE WAY! He’s not alarmed or dismayed by potholes or roadblocks. He sees it all coming and He has a plan for where is taking us. We have a capable pilot in command, and a tank full of gas. We need only trust Him, and enjoy the ride.
How would life be different if we truly believed that God knows the way?