The summer of 2011 was a blessed season of reunions. It had been three years since we had been together with our extended families in the US. Our family of five arrived in Michigan from Thailand on different days and after a lot of travel we enjoyed a wonderful party hosted by my mom to celebrate Sophie and Isaiah’s high school graduations. Before meeting up with the Minick family in Branson, Missouri for another meaningful family reunion, Isaiah attended a pre-college retreat for missionary kids in Illinois. Resting from the drive, Hannah and I laughed through a quirky movie in our rented room. The main character was seeking to rescue a gal but she was not so sure that he was the good guy. So he tried to persuade her of her need to trust him by raising and lowering his hand. Her chances for survival were better with him (hand raised) than without him (hand lowered). Maybe because the young lady in the scene was under some stress, the rescuing man needed to repeat his illustration.
Without meaning to be irreverent, I can picture God lowering and raising His hand when He says: “The man who trusts in mankind, who makes human flesh his strength and turns his heart from the Lord is cursed. The man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence indeed is the LORD, is blessed.” We are oh so much better off with God than without Him. With God we are blessed; without Him we are cursed. Do we not see our total need for Him to rescue us? Thank You, Father God, for showing us in so many ways how You are trustworthy. With You we not only survive but we have the ability to thrive as Your Holy Spirit lives within us. May we sing with joy about the joy that is for those whose confidence is in the Lord. Amen.