Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Everything Has Its Time

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15
1 To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born,
    And a time to die;
A time to plant,
    And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
    And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
    And a time to build up;
A time to weep,
    And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
    And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
    And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
    And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain,
    And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
    And a time to throw away;
A time to tear,
    And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
    And a time to speak;
A time to love,
    And a time to hate;
A time of war,
    And a time of peace.
The God-Given Task
What profit has the worker from that in which he labors? 10 I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.
12 I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, 13 and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.
14 I know that whatever God does,
It shall be forever.
Nothing can be added to it,
And nothing taken from it.
God does it, that men should fear before Him.
15 That which is has already been,
And what is to be has already been;
And God requires an account of what is past.

Tomorrow is a time the Reinhardt family remembers together the life of William Reinhardt, as a husband, dad, brother, grandpa, and friend.        

As Solomon said in Ecclesiastes, Bill had time throughout his life for things, he had his time to be born and put into the waiting arms of his parents. To be taken care of as a child, and led into adulthood.

He had his moments to love, to hate, to plant, to tear apart, to hurt, and to heal. And all of his moments, threaded together with other peoples' moments, the people who were in and out of his life, and the people who were in his life always.

It’s funny when you sit with someone on their last days, and you hope for a few more moments with that person. Of course you hope for good moments, even if the last moments you had with the person were not good.

Still, you want to be able to love, and to share. And you hope…you hope the next breath turns the tide to life instead of continuing toward death.

And then it’s time.

It’s time to die.

Death leaves a feeling like a heavy anchor weighing down on a person’s heart as you realize that no matter what-what was said, or what was done between you and that person-this is it.

It’s over.

There isn’t another chance. It is the end, with no rewind button included.

And you sit there wanting more. Good or bad you just want more time. You sit there dealing with the memories of that person’s part in your life.

And then they're taken away; and now forever, a hole remains.

As you stand up. You go on with your life doing the best you can.

It would all be so dark and horrible, except for one fact. Jesus.

Jesus is the light in the darkest situation.

When death knocks on the door of life, or the door of relationships, or the door of hopes, and dreams, it brings a darkness that includes pain.

But Jesus brings a light that brings life again.

A believer who lays on a deathbed, after they take their last breath here, they take their first breath in heaven with Jesus.

And other believers are there ahead of the person. All together in a place where there is no more tears, no more pain.

So as we have a time of crying tears here, Bill is having his time where all of his tears are wiped away forever. 

God has a time for everything. In our pain, He brings the healing. In our times of hate, He brings the love. In our times of fighting, He brings the peace.

He brings the good.

When taking a look back at the time a person has had here on earth…look and see despite our failings, (because we all fail) did Jesus do during that time? He covered our mistakes by shedding HIS blood on the cross for our sins.

It’s a time of death - it’s a time of life. It’s a time of pain, and then…there will be a time of healing.
Because of the One who has the name above all names…


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Do these boots match?

“Do these boots match?” My middle school daughter asked just before it was time to walk out the door.

Good question, because a girl has to have the right boots on to complete her ensemble.

She asked this question after trying on more than one outfit. A girl not only has to look just right, but feel just right. Everyone around her, can give a compliment about the way a girl looks, but if she doesn’t feel right in what she is wearing…forget it…compliment’s are worthless.

Also a favorite pair of jeans one day, may feel like you’re wearing someone else’s jeans another day.
I've learned not to get rid of her clothes very quick like, because she will ask me where I put the shirt or pair of pants she hated a few days prior, but now they are suddenly her favorites again.

I go through the same thing. One day, I needed to get dressed to have some pictures taken...

Finally…after trying on one thing after another...something not only felt right, but covered up what I wanted covered, and I liked what I saw in the mirror.

Now my husband…he usually does pretty well, but sometimes he needs my assistance, he has a pair of shoes that he thinks goes with anything, and can be worn at anytime…NOT!

But…when he hops on his motorcycle…he has to have the right boots on...
 ...jacket, AND pants, too. Not, just to complete his ensemble, but to keep dry when it rains and to have some sort of protection.

Me...I love clothes, I have lots of favorites, and I like to have a good pair of boots, well more than one pair of boots. It is so fun to put on a shirt that feels just right, and has some personality.

The clothes a person wears hangs in their closets or are folded in their dresser drawers. Sometimes a person dresses fancy, sometimes athletic, or casual, and sometimes just plain comfortable – like I am right now while sitting here writing this blog – a person usually wears whatever fits the call for the day. Each day we pick out an outfit to wear.

In the Bible Paul wrote a letter to the believers in Ephesus and told them a way to dress that doesn’t change every day. The clothing he instructed the believer to wear was not outer garments, but rather spiritual garments.

Being guarded by Roman soldiers he used their attire to explain how a believer should dress spiritually. Though, these things are not technically visible to the human eye, they are visible in the way we respond to things during our day.

Ephesians 6:10-18 New International Version (NIV)

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God,so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
During this last summer we visited a small, very charismatic church. The preacher came up to the podium and her voice rang out with strength and power from deep within her. It took her awhile to move her message along, because she kept reiterating what she had previously spoken, but before we left, she made it clear, we need to put the full armor of God on…not just part of it.

We wouldn’t walk out of the house half-dressed, would we? We wouldn’t go without our shoes, shirt, or pants when we go to work, or to the store right?

Ephesians 6:10-18The Message (MSG)
A Fight to the Finish
10-12 And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.
13-18 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.

Believe in your salvation through Jesus Christ, walk in righteousness, truth, and peace. Pick up the Bible and listen to what the Lord has to say to you.
And pray…pray for yourself and one another.

Phillipians 1: 9-11

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.