Changing Seasons and an Unchanging God

God never changesWhere I live in northeastern New Jersey, the leaves are all starting to change colors. The signs that fall is upon us are so evident. In some ways I really enjoy this. I found that I love the change of the seasons.

I am a summer guy, there is no question about that. I love almost any activity that has to do with the summer except for sweating. So the change from it being 96 degrees out with the humidity being something you can taste to a cool 70° is welcome to me right about now. As you drive around the neighborhoods, more and more pumpkins are showing up on people’s doorsteps and I’m starting to notice more cornstalks popping up around too. That one never really made sense to me, I’m just going to be honest. I get why people put up pumpkins they’re cute and decorative, I’m just not to sure about the cornstalks.

One of the things I love about the changing of the seasons is that it reminds me of what I love about the season before it. Right now I am missing sitting and soaking in the sun on a sandy beach. I am missing hearing the sound of seagulls cackle about my head. In the middle of the summer oddly enough I find myself missing a rainy spring day. And in the dead of winter, I long to be outside in a flannel shirt and a vest. Then in the spring I miss sitting under our favorite blanket on the couch with a cup of hot coffee.  Every season reminds me of the beauty and joy of the season before it.

In the midst of all of this change, I am reminded of one thing that doesn’t change–God.  Whether there are leaves on the trees or leaves on the ground, or they are somewhere in the in between stage, God is still in control.  In fact, God is the one who causes leaves to bud out, grow, and then one day fall to the ground.  God is holding that together right now.

For some of you it isn’t the natural seasons that you’re concerned about. Right now you’re in the midst of changing seasons of life. Some of you have lost a job, gotten a divorce, or found out you have cancer.  Or maybe you’ve recently become a parent, or that precious baby you used to hold in your arms is now breaking free and headed off to college.  These changing seasons can be incredibly difficult.

No matter what season of life you’re in remember that God is one who doesn’t change, even if you do.  I love the words from Lamentations 3:21-23

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: 22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

What is one thing you need to hope in God for today?  

~Peter

Runners in Spandex

This past Sunday we were traveling home from our winter retreat on 611 up by the river.  If you have been on that stretch of the road you know that it is tight enough for just two cars to pass by one another.  Now let’s put a bus into that mix.  That is an even tighter squeeze.  As I said, we were driving home on this very tight roadway when we come upon a man jogging on the side of the road.  Fortunately for us their was not a car coming in the oncoming lane so we easily passed by him.  I have two questions for this guy…

1. Why are you running in the freezing cold with spandex on?

2. Out of all the possible roadways and trails available to you, why did you choose this particular road to run on?

On this Tuesday morning neither question truly matters to me.  However, I can’t get the image of that man running out of my head.  I’m not a runner.  I wish I was.  In fact there is something inside of me that is telling me that I probably should start running. (That’s beside the point.)  BUT, I think that many of us are professional runners and we might not even know it.

  • When finances get really tight and the bills start stacking up on your counter where do you run?
  • When a friend hurts you and leaves you out to dry where do you run?
  • When your spouse sits you down for a difficult “chat” where do you run?
  • When you find out that your teenager is going to be a mother/father where do you run?
  • When you get called into your bosses office and find out that as of Friday you will be unemployed where do you run?
  • When the Dr gets the test results and tells you “it’s not good” where do you run?
  • When life takes a turn for whatever you could have least expected or wanted where do you run?

To often many of us run and hide, run for the bottle, run towards that affair, run for that chemical high, and run to something that can only protect you for a few moments.  We will frequently choose man made solutions that can and will only provide man sized results.

In Psalm 11 we see that King David has some advisors that have  given him the counsel of running and hiding from his problems.  David however is not tricked by the counsel of these men.  Check this out:

“In the Lord I take refuge; How can you say to my soul, ‘flee as a bird to your mountain;'”  Psalm 11:1

David writes this about God, the Lord, the one in whom he takes his refuge;

“The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.”

And…

“For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; The upright will behold His face.”  Psalm 11:5 & 7

David knew that whatever he would run to could only let him down and disappoint him.  He chooses to run to God.  He chooses to run to the refuge that God provides.  See check this out… God is never shaken, He is never absent, and He is never unaware.  David has it right.  He says from the get go, I run to God.

I don’t know what David’s circumstances are that prompted this Psalm.  But I know where David chooses to run.

I don’t know your circumstances, but I know where you should run.  Why don’t you run to God, the one who can and will produce God sized results!

I think we are all running.  Where are you running to?  What are you running towards?

~Peter

response time…

How do you deal with difficulties?

I was reading today about Joseph and the cards that he was dealt.  This guy suffered some serious hardships!  He was:

1. Thrown in a pit by his brothers

2. Sold by his brothers to merchants as a slave

3. Made a house servant

4. Accused of raping the Master’s wife

5. Thrown in prison

6. Forgotten in prison

That is some serious stuff.  I can’t say that any of that has happened to me.  I have been through several hard times over the course of my short life, however, nothing quite as brutal as that.  I mean that is some serious stuff.  As I was reading I was wondering how is Joseph going to respond?  I’ve read it before, but still, I wondered what is he going to do.  You can check it out here at Genesis 37-47.  Check this out.  He says, “Do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourself for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.”  Honestly, here’s Joseph’s response in english…  Hey don’t worry about it guys.  I mean, honestly don’t beat yourselves up over it.  It actually was really a good thing, because God used it to save lives!  

That almost makes me laugh.  It is almost so ridiculous that I could laugh at his response.  But seriously, I shouldn’t be laughing.  It just seems so crazy.  Doesn’t it?  I mean am I the only one who finds it hard to believe that for years Joseph went through the incredible loss of family, friends, jobs, status, income, and peace of mind, and he woke up on the other end of it and said, “this was a good thing!”  It is incredible to me.  His response is amazng. 

I know that we are in a crazy world right now.  I know plenty of guys loosing their jobs, or at least in fear of loosing their jobs.  When things get dicey what is your response?  I know what I wish my response would be more like… …

~Peter

Chuys- {Chew-ies}

Today was the start of Mops International’s annual convention in Grapevine TX.  Tiffany and several other ladies are attending.  So today my mom and I brought Tiffany up there for the conference.  However, on the way there, we stopped in Dallas and went to one of my favorite restaurants in Texas.  CHUYS!  Chuys was a place that we would frequent anytime that I would fly into Dallas for a visit.  It was the last place that my Dad and I went to lunch at.  We would go to one of two places pretty much I guess.  It was either Chuy’s if we were in Dallas or Dickies Barbeque if we were around town.  So, today was bitter sweet.  It felt strange not having dad there, but at the same time, it was good to be with my wife, and my mom.  

These past few days have been so good to be together as a family.  I know that it has been stressful at the same time, yet I don’t think that I would want to be anywhere else right now.  I have really enjoyed being with my nieces and nephews.  As well as being with my siblings and their spouses.  It has been really good for me to have had this extended time to think and process things through with my wife.  What a blessing she has been.  

This has got me thinking…  What has been the hardest thing that you have ever had to deal with?

Well Done Dad… Well Done…

 


The race is over.  He finished well.  “Well done my good and faithful servant.”  Those are the words that my dear dad heard as he entered into spending eternity with our God.  Today his fight with Lewy Bodies Disease is over.  Today his fight with this body, and the confines of it, are over.  Today he is set free!  

I wept thinking about how he will be able to walk again.  How he will be able to think again.  How he will be able to sing and pray again.  How he will be able to speak again!  I miss him terribly already.  

God gave me this scripture passage today while I was sitting in my office lost in thoughts and memories.

“But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.  I was crying to the Lord with my voice, And He answered me from His holy mountain.  I lay down and slept;  I awoke, for the Lord sustains me.”  Psalm 3:3-5  

Thank you to each of you who have helped pray, and ask God to take my dad.  He has heard our cries!  Praise God.  

I have this song running through my head right now…

Blessed Be Your Name In the land that is plentiful,  Where Your streams of abundance flow Blessed be Your name Blessed Be Your name, When I’m found in the desert place, Though I walk through the wilderness Blessed Be Your name,

 Every blessing You pour out I’ll turn back to praise When the darkness closes in, Lord Still I will say Blessed be the name of the Lord

Blessed be Your name, Blessed be the name of the Lord, Blessed be Your glorious name,  

Blessed be Your name When the sun’s shining down on me When the world’s ‘all as it should be’ Blessed be Your name Blessed be Your name On the road marked with suffering Though there’s pain in the offering Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out I’ll turn back to praise When the darkness closes in, Lord Still I will say Blessed be the name of the Lord Blessed be Your name Blessed be the name of the Lord Blessed be Your glorious name Blessed be the name of the Lord

Blessed be Your name, Blessed be the name of the Lord, Blessed be Your glorious name,  You give and take away, You give and take away, My heart will choose to say Lord, blessed be Your name…

Dad, I am proud of you.  I miss you.  I love you.  And I want to be just like you.

~Your Son

Services will be held at Waxahachie Bible Church:
Viewing – Thursday 5:00 – 7:00
Memorial – Thursday 7:00
Graveside – Friday 11:00 (City Cemetary)

“In lieu of flowers the family requests that you gift three missionary couples dear to Daddy’s heart. Checks can be made to Waxahachie Bible Church (memo Jeffrey Gowesky Memorial).”

Waxahachie Bible Church
621 Grand Ave.
Waxahachie, TX 75165

Boze Wayne Funeral Home
1826 US Hwy 287 Business West
Waxahachie, TX 75165
972-923-2700