The message I give you waits for the time I have appointed. It speaks about what is going to happen. And all of it will come true. It might take a while. But wait for it. You can be sure it will come. It will happen when I want it to.
~Habakkuk 2:3, NIRV
Disappointments may be God’s way of saying, “Wait patiently, I have something better in mind for you.”
Have you noticed that much of life is about waiting. Even Doctors and hospitals have waiting rooms. When you go to the court house, there are waiting lines. There are even waiting lines at McDonalds. Habakkuk witnessed the death of a nation and the destruction of Jerusalem. The Babylonians were the invaders. They were a proud lot, very ungodly, and their army was relentless. They conquered city after city, killing, enslaving, deporting and stealing. Habakkuk was perplexed because the Babylonians, whom God was using to bring judgment on Judah, were more evil than the Jews but God consoled him with a promise that the Babylonians would get what was coming to them but Habakkuk was going to have to wait. Habakkuk last words are:
Last night was huge for June and the children: we cannot put into words the debt we owe to our friends, family and church family. Wow, what a turnout. I loved the ROAST. I wish it could have gone on for another hour. I wish everyone who wanted to say something could have spoke but I do understand the effort put into the meal. What a meal it was! It was the most perfect night of my life and I know some folks worked hard and long to put it together. It was just what I wanted. I am well pleased. I know a lot of people put a lot of effort into the party but none more than my faithful Administrative Assistant. To her, all those on her team and to the entire church, the BAILEY’s say thanks. What a night! I was tired when I got home and just wanted to relax and watch a Hallmark Christmas movie but June wanted to read cards which she did. We appreciate every card, every kind word, all the CB gift cards and the money. I would be embarrassed to tell you how much was given. We are very thankful for your love. I do understand that a very few read the blog but I will use every medium available to express our gratitude. THANK YOU! We appreciate everyone who helped: a special thanks to Eddie for being the Emcee and to Catfish for all the pictures and slide show. Actually, the list is endless so we thank you one and all. I think Andrea Boyd made the cake, it was unbelievable. Thank You!
- Very good offering for OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD. It will enable us to do 44
- We had a good turnout from the DIGEST family. I saw Max and Dana Schrimsher and we had a car load from Cherokee. One of my big DIGEST supportes is my uncle Billy in Athens. He said last night, “I hate to see the DIGEST end.” I do to in a way but I just don’t see how it can continue. It is getting too expensive even for the church. I do think GOLDEN GIRLS has a future.
- Luke 14 this Sunday. We have all the turkey, ham and pork we need. All we will need is the trimmings. Hannah will make the dressing and Mandy will get the Tea and rolls.
- Good day yesterday but we had more last night than yesterday morning. We had 323 yesterday morning and 497 last night. Eddie said the secret is to get your pastor to retire.
- A couple of bitter-sweet notes: I wish Tom Bennich and Kaley could have been with us last night. I appreciate Elizabeth and Paul coming but I know they had a heavy heart. If they hurt, I hurt with them. Kaley was a very special girl. I first met Tom at an RA basketball game at Priceville. He came home and told Edith, “I’ve met the new preacher at Danville and I don’t think his elevator goes to the top floor. He has eight or ten kids and more on the way. I told them they could use our swimming pool.” Actually, we had 3 children with one on the way but it was a big family for a preacher. I’m glad Tom had compassion on us. I can only imagine what he would have said last night.