Hole in the Ceiling, But Not In My Faith


 (Jim Estok)www.estokphotography.com 

You know that feeling you get when it feels like something is not right? You think about investigating, to which you do, only to find nothing obvious and convince yourself that it is a result of your overactive imagination at work and so you push the concern aside and forget about it.

Well, this happened to me just the other day. While in the family room, where there is a home office, I was convinced that I heard water dripping. I took a cursory look around and found nothing amiss. So I reasoned that the water drips were only a result of my imagination and my constant overreaction. I was proud of myself that I didn’t overreact.

That was until the next morning when I went into the family room and discovered an abnormality to the shape of the ceiling- a large blister! The blister contained liters of water….. now a hole in the ceiling will need fixing.

“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

As I reflect on this experience, I marvel at how I’ve changed. Before, worry would’ve overcome me; surrendering to its grip, and unable to turn away, I would have been consumed with fear, anger, agitation, worked up, stressed. Asking why, why is this happening?

Now I have assurance and comfort, through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Throughout the Bible we are told of the presence of God, in addition to the active presence of God is illustrated so we know how deeply embedded He is in our everyday lives.  We learn the patient words of love and faithfulness and His constant assurance that  I am with you.

“Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

Blessings,

Jim Estok
Purveyor of Light through Life lived & shared and through photography

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Mistaken Identity

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 (Jim Estok)www.estokphotography.com

 

When I was a teenager (which is a long time ago now) I had really long hair. Life, at that time for me, revolved around music, long distance running and more music. One day I was downtown on Main St. trying to catch-up with some friends, who were up ahead, when a police cruiser pulled up beside me and the officer ordered me to get in the back seat, NOW! I complied with his instructions.

Within a block of driving with me in the back seat of the cruiser, it was confirmed by the officer through radio communication that I was not the suspect being sought. It was a case of mistaken identity.

Sometimes in life, we ourselves are guilty of our own mistaken identity which distances our lives away from God. This may happen during a season of suffering causing us to forget who we are in Christ or it could be arrogance in believing we know better and rely less on God. Either of which is dangerous.
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In my own current season of suffering, I’ve come to believe that God is using this as a time for my spiritual growth. I know God walks with me through my suffering, not just because scripture tells me to “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you”  (1Peter 5:7) But beyond His Word, there is significant assurance that He is present throughout my suffering.
 As Christians, our identity is found in Christ, and our identity in Christ is critical to a fruitful walk with the Lord.

Jim Estok
Purveyor of Light through Life lived & shared and through photography

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