Hello My Friends,
We are about to head into the busiest time of our touring schedule: the final Cathedrals Family Reunion tour dates, Brotherhood Tour Dates, and an Ernie and Friends Christmas Tour that will take us to Ohio,Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana and across Europe. It’s going to be CRAZY BUSY! I can honestly say that I have been stressing over how tired I’m going to be.
I guess that comes with age, huh?
We are worrying about how tired and hungry we are going to be because we are already tired and always hungry, right? Anyway, with all that on my mind today, I said to Lisa, “It’s time for one of our walks babe.” So, as we strolled and cleared our minds, look what we saw…
See that big ol’ tree? Can you see him? Standing right there in the middle of all the others? That ol’ tree had always been there, but I had never noticed him until today. Look at him…he’s probably lost all his leaves before the rest of the young trees. Maybe he doesn’t even grow them anymore. He’s weathered by many storms, but look…He’s still standing. I love that! I had to stop and take a picture. Then this verse came to my mind:
“Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be.” (Deut. 33:25)
If we serve the Lord and live long enough, we become like that ol’ tree. Year after year we are beaten up by life. Our bodies grow tired and weary. We age day after day, further away from that “prettier” version of our younger selves. We lose things every day: hair, teeth, sight, use of limbs, jobs, income, friends… life eventually becomes a series of losses.
But God has us firmly planted in His love. Our roots are not in the dirt of this world, but in the soil of some amazing grace. We have been through many seasons of challenges, but we are still standing! We truly know what the apostle Paul meant when he said:
“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.” (2 Cor. 4:8-10)
And we feel the excitement start to build and come back to our tired minds and bodies when we ponder Paul’s God-inspired words as he says:
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” (2 Cor. 2:16-18)
So, my fellow follower of Christ, it’s time to go to work. Do what you can while you can. Remember that sharing in the life of Christ also means sharing in the death of Christ. The outward man is perishing, but the inward man is a mighty, MIGHTY oak! And we are planted by streams of living water and, as the old hymn says, I Shall Not Be Moved!
Stand Tall, Proud and Stay Happy