It’s that time of year again, the kids are off to school, the fairs are going on across the country, and there’s so much going on.
Soon it will be harvest time of the gardens that people have planted for this year. Yes, some of the produce has already arrived, but there is the later produce of the season; and then it will be time for Old Man Winter to show up once again, with snow and frost, time for getting things done will slow down.
The point is, time is short, and no matter how much time we think we have, it never seems to be enough. But even in the trials of life, we still see the power of God and how it’s all in His hand. This past year has been rough with several passings on in the family, on both sides of the family.
God was there in the midst of it all.
You never know when something happens, if the outcome will be good or bad. Time for us all to go to our eternal home will also come sooner than we may think. My husband’s mom had fallen and broke her hip, and was recovering; it looked like she was soon going to be released to go home. But unexpectedly, just like that, she was gone. She was ready to go, and she said she was looking forward to being with Jesus.
None of us have assurance of tomorrow; we all have only this moment of time. It’s important to show our love to the ones we love while they and we are able to be together, because life is uncertain. But I’ve also seen the power of the Lord do what is, no doubt, a miracle.
A couple we know — I will not say who — not too long ago had their car catch fire while they were in it. They are an older couple. There was only one door that could be opened, and they both had to get out through the one door while the fire flames were raging all around them.
But the Lord allowed the flames to go down below them so they could climb out of the car, both of them, before it completely became engulfed in flames and destroyed it. The miracle is that no harm came to either of their bodies. Now that’s what I call going through the fire, and coming out the other side with no harm. The Bible tells us we will go the fire and through the water, but Jesus will be going through it with us.
We must be about the business of the Lord’s work because maybe the only Jesus people see is in you and me.
Speaking of the work of the Lord, it’s time for the Gallia County Gospel Sing, which will be Aug. 22-23 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Gallia County Junior Fairgrounds on Jackson Pike in Gallipolis. There will be food to eat while you enjoy gospel singing and visiting with friends new and old. I hope you take time to come and join us, for it’s wonderful to have fellowship in a place where you know it’s going to be a great time to be had by all.
Throughout the years, there have been miracles — and I know there are times in all of your lives when nothing but a miracle will do. I hope to see you there.
Minnie Mayhugh is co-organizer of the Gallia County Gospel Sing.