This is a poor digital photograph of the oil-on-wood painting of the crater Goldschmidt. To my surprise, it turned out pretty well, but it was certainly not a pleasant evening.
As I have thought about the evening in late May, I still remember the pain of the night. The Holy Spirit reminded me of this scripture in John 16: "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
Compared to catastrophe or serious illness, trouble with a painting is nothing. But the trouble was enough to teach the lesson. We have learned this lesson a few times in our lives. We will probably continue to learn it. In Christ, the believer's troubles have a larger context that is more real than the trouble at hand. Do you know that kind of big picture perspective in your life? It is meant for us to know Him that way. The older we get and the more troubles we see around us or experience, the more we remember His overcoming power.
We really are not living for here and this temporary life. Something much bigger is going on. If you are a believer, take heart. If you are not a believer, call on Him. Choose to turn from your ways to Him and let Him do that extra-ordinary thing: save your soul.
His overcoming power is meant to be place of reckoning--where we choose to put trust in His accomplishment on the cross: He overcame this messy world for us. How great a love He has for those who believe in Him!