What happened this past weekend in Bellvue, Washington was one of the strangest things I have ever heard about. Fire officials say a sunny day and a dog's glass water bowl combined to cause a blaze that charred the back of a home. They said that the glass water bowl acted as a magnifying glass to start the fire on the back deck. Luckily the dog was rescued, but the blaze caused $215,000 in damage! The sun and a glass water bowl? Who knew?
You know it is the combination of things that tend to cause bad stuff to happen, and even good stuff too. For example, all my students are good, but certain combinations of students can cause me extra stress due to their misbehavior. One or two can be absent one day, and the entire class atmosphere is totally different. And think about how certain meds combined with others can cause undesired side-effects, or worse. That's why you should always inform doctors of all meds you take if he prescribes a new one. What about trying to lose weight? You can diet or exercise and lose some weight, but the combination of the two together will blast the fat away! I am continuing to learn of another awesome combination of things. If you want a closer relationship with our Savior, you should do more than just pray or read your Bible or go to church. I have found it is the combination of all those things that gets God's attention the most. A daily diet of prayer, bible study, faith, hope, and striving to live like Christ will blast away loneliness, despair, etc. Try it! It can be a very damaging combination to Satan!
I Corinthians 15:58 says, "Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know your labor is not in vain in the Lord."
Father, please help me to continue to strive to do all the things that bring me closer to You. Thank you for being with me during this awful time in my life. In Jesus name, Amen.