Roy has gone to work out. We just finished dinner and I'm also doing laundry. Just one more week of Bible study in Katy. This is one of those things that has been such a delight and surprise. We have such a great group and we have really bonded. It will be sad to say goodbye for the summer but we'll see each other in September. Actually in August, but off the top of my head I don't know a see you in August song. We all wish we could be in the same group again, but that isn't likely to happen. Our group was usually the last of the stragglers to come in for lecture. We even got a second call today to get into large group time but I hope the semi rude woman who didn't look before speaking because we were all together in one accord praying for our friend who had suffered a tremendous loss, felt a little bad for being, you know, semi rude. It wasn't until I got home and read the prayer list email that on top of such a loss, her husband's job ended yesterday and that was quite shocking news for them to begin to process on top of everything else. My heart just aches for my friend tonight.
This week I have heard that several friends or their spouses have lost their jobs. Maybe the recession isn't as over as we are being told.
Two Bunko buddies have been dealing with either unexpected illness and surgery for a family member and the other with untimely death of two family members from a car accident.
If I thought I there wasn't enough to pray over, that would be so wrong.
Our friends stranded in London arrived home today! We watched their return on the news. Ah tears of joy for safe travel and their return earlier than anticipated. Most thought they would be flying home on Saturday.
Our lesson today was Habakkuk. The first two chapters are full of questions to God. He can't believe that God is going to use the Babylonians to humble Jerusalem. The third chapter is full of praise to God, knowing even if the fig tree doesn't blossom and everything else he lists out, his choice is to praise God. He gives strength and He is faithful and loving. Oh I am so glad that today we studied Habakkuk because this book is addressed to God, not people. It is almost like we get a glimpse into his prayer journal. Don't know about you, but mine has a lot of questions and once I've tired of writing it all out, I come back to who God is and His grace. Really, who am I to question? One of our questions today was what question would we like to ask God? I've always said that when I get to heaven I want to ask God why He didn't make our arms better coordinated to do the back of our hair? I'm sure that is something I won't even care about upon arriving in heaven. One other thing I shared was when Roy had been laid off and he was going through a whole bunch of interviews. He had interviewed with Stanford Financial. The salary was great and I remember telling the Lord that would be a perfect job for Roy. Even when Roy had a job, a job he loved and was so blessed by, I would drive on Westheimer and see the Stanford Financial building and say to God, that was a great job. I don't know why it wasn't for Roy. Well, uh, now we know all about Stanford Financial and of course my tune has changed. Thank you Lord for not listening to my repeated suggestions and complaints that went on way too long after the fact.
If you happen to remember any of these friends during the days ahead, I'd ask that you remember to bring them to the Lord prayerfully. Thank you and it is much appreciated.