Faithful

That’s what He is.  Faithful.   We look back over our summer with wonder.   We’ve been to the West Coast twice, driven nearly 10,000 kilometres, visited all of our family members, slept in over a dozen beds, and traveled by trains, planes, and automobiles (yes, even the Bolt Bus).   But we’ve also seen the Glory of God and daily displays of His faithfulness.

“The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands….                                                     There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard…
Their utterances to the end of the world.” (Psalm 19)

While driving West, we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary at the Old Faithful Inn, IMG_1331in Yellowstone.  We watched Old Faithful erupt five times — the earth is groaning, but Old Faithful is still faithful.   Every 90 minutes an expectant audience is counting on her faithfulness.

In each of our lives, others are counting on our faithfulness.  Faithful to fulfill our vows when the rings are still shiny and untested.  Faithful to comfort through diapers and dishes.  Faithful to provide and pay the rent  – faithfully.  Faithful when words wound and silence lingers.  Faithful when hugs are hard and hurts hinder what should be happy hours.   Faithful “for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.”

We’ve seen a bit of rich and poor, and we’ve now walked through cancer and a few family funerals together.  But together we’ve also seen the glory of a moose grazing in the Grand Tetons, ourselves in red blankets given by Maasai tribesmen, and others finding the Glory of God.  Only because He is faithful, we’ve been able to walk faithfully.

Wherever you are today, whatever challenges face you in the fall, can we encourage one another to just be faithful?   We’re living in times of glory seeking, fun loving, self exalting.   We all need to take up the challenge to “Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness” (Psalm 37:4).   It’s then we’ll see the Glory of God.

If you’re in a challenging time, this song by Nichole Noordeman is an encouragement: 

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