Links Daily Devotional

Markers of His Love

He opened the rock, and water gushed out; it flowed like a river in the desert. For he remembered his holy promise given to his servant Abraham. He brought out his people with rejoicing, his chosen ones with shouts of joy. (Psalm 105:41-43, NIV)

September is not quite over, but it has been a month of intriguing episodes for me and those close to me:

– Open heart surgery for one of my closest friends and golf partners.

– A trip to the ER of my own—which turned out to be much ado about nothing.

– A chance to play Cypress Point Club, always an exceptional experience, made better with an easy par at sixteen.

– Birthdays for both my wife and myself, as we dance around the mid-century mark.

– My dad’s shooting his age for the first time, an event he had just missed on several other occasions in recent weeks.

– A meeting with two men eager to start a Links Fellowship and bring the light of Jesus to their club.

– The first home win in two seasons for the high school football team that attracts my attention on Friday nights.

Sure, some of these are bigger, some smaller. Certainly, none are as big perhaps as Bill Haas’ victory on Sunday afternoon.

Episodes can be meaningful, yes. But as, they say, there is this other matter, the one we call eternity. “In the light of eternity,” we often say, when we are trying to remind or convince ourselves that something that seems monumentally important now is really no big deal.

But allow me to return to that first note I included above, about my golf partner who left the course and drove himself to the hospital, only to be told when he got there that he was having a heart attack. In the ensuing hours his wife and children were pressed to make the huge decision when they could barely see through the cloud before them: “Operate? Yes, operate!” And in those same hours, his chest would be laid open on the table and four sections from the veins in his leg were used to perform quadruple bypass.

All of that may be an episode, but this is much more: When I saw him first, a few days later, having made it home, he couldn’t help but say, “I am so happy to be alive.”

You see, there are no isolated episodes with God, only markers of His love along a life’s continuum. Some we label awesome, others awful. Yet God will use any and all moments to gain our attention and our trust. God’s vision is utterly peripheral and ours is hopelessly myopic. But our His heart is for us and so are His works—that’s all we need to be able to see!

Jeff Hopper

September 27, 2011

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