I feel as though I should make a disclaimer right off the hop here. I have fallen behind in writing posts to match up with the daily readings. However! I am still completing the daily readings. The time change has certainly helped because it's not dark at 7am anymore so I get up a lot easier. So while I'm not keeping up with this part of the challenge I do make a point to complete the readings before I leave for work in the morning. I can truthfully say that it has helped me stay grounded and close to God throughout the day. Here's a great example.
On Saturday I got pulled over by a police officer. What makes it weird for me is that I wasn't speeding and I was obeying all the laws of the road. I actually thought it was a joke (I have a joker cousin who is an officer) and when he pulled in behind me I thought perhaps something terrible had happened and this was the only way I could be reached. Don't laugh. It happens. Anyway, long story short (too late) my license had expired. I had no idea. None. Zip. Zilch. Nadda. Imagine my chagrin when this lovely officer handed me a ticket... for $325. Ugh!! While he had been writing the ticket I used the opportunity to explain to my children that even though I didn't realize my license was expired it was my responsibility to keep my ID's up to date. We have been trying to teach them responsibility for a long time and this was a great object lesson. When he handed me the ticket I didn't get angry (I was still in shock) and I didn't say anything rude. Perhaps I made a comment about a $325 ticket right before Christmas. I mean, come on! That's a huge slice of the pie of our income. So the officer started telling me about Option 2 (guilty but hoping for a lesser fine). From the backseat we hear a very exasperated "UGGHHH!!! We're NEVER going to get home!!!" My son, who's 6. I turned and assured him it wouldn't be much longer then turned back to the officer and muttered a "Sorry about that". Looking back I'm glad I was able to model my walk with Jesus in that situation. Afterwards, well, I'm afraid to say my mind got away from me and I couldn't control it so I eventually went for a nap.
I'm using this example because this chapter in John talks about the Holy Spirit and how it will work in your life. The world will persecute us. Satan will target us, much like I felt targeted on Saturday but we can't let the world bring us down. This chapter ends with one of my favourite verses. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world! (v. 33) The world will try to hurt you and bring you down but take heart, Jesus has already taken care of all of that. We just need to know to put our trust in Him.
This is a short entry and maybe I didn't do John 16 justice. Help me out by sharing some of the things that you took away from this chapter.
You know the saying, the grass is always greener on the other side? This is my attempt to find greener grass right where I am in my life.
BTW - I'm the one on the right, just in case you didn't already know that.