May 10, 2017/Morning in the Swamp

My father-in-law used to use the same phrase when he greeted people in the morning: “Morning in the swamp,” he’d say whenever we stayed overnight. Growing up in Minnosota as part of a farming family, he was used to getting up pretty early and dealing with the highs and lows of all sorts of weather and morning conditions.

There is no ‘sleeping  in’ for farmers, and no sick days.

Animals need tending. They don’t care if you are tired, or have a headache.

Farmers deal with all kinds of conditions.

Sunshine.

Rain.

Frost.

Bugs.

A farmer is at the mercy of nature, just as we are at the mercy of the Lord.

Lately, I have found myself avoiding news as much as I can. I have no wish to begin my mornings ‘in the swamp’ as when I do so, I tend to find it influences my day. Starting the day out with an ‘in the swamp’ attitude is depressing. So I was reassured today when my eyes feel on this part of Psalm 22.

Psalm 22: 27-29-All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations. All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.

God’s news to us  is far more important than which we see on television. He is reminding us that we cannot keep our souls ALIVE without him.

We may exist.

We may eat and go about our lives putting importance on people and events, but all these will return to the dust from which they came.

None can keep alive his own soul.

Without the Lord in our lives we truly walk in swamps.

With Him, we are filled with peace,

Christians are spectators in life’s game who already know the final score…no matter how the game appears to be stacked. We may have to deal with days of swamps but our eternities will be paved streets in God’s presence.

Don’t worry about today’s “Morning in the swamp.” Focus, instead, on God’s promises for all your tomorrow’s.

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