It has been an exciting yet most difficult week here in the Robinson household.
Our beloved Cubs made it to the World Series! What joy and excitement that has brought! Then, to watch the Indians out-play them has been like a punch in the gut. We are still trying to catch our breath. Like a balloon slowly losing its air, that is how we feel. After a 108-year championship drought for the Cubs, without some divine intervention it looks as though it will be at least 109. Even the Jews only had to wander the desert for 40 years! Ugh!!! And now the Cubs have rallied so it looks like we will remain on this roller coaster a few more days.
Yet, we all go thru these seasons in our lives, don’t we? The valleys and even the pits, where you don’t even have the energy to begin to climb up out of them. Yet, win or lose we must keep our eyes above these earthly woes and remind ourselves that as a follower of Christ, we already have the Victory, through Jesus, He is Victorious NOW! He has overcome the world. He has defeated death. He has won the battle. He defeated death on the cross so that all who believe in Him can share in this eternal victory! I think it helps to be reminded of this, especially when we are down in the muck and mire of our earthy issues. It’s tough to keep a proper perspective at times, however we must keep the big picture in mind. We must remember why we are here—to point others to Christ so that they too can be victorious over their sin and over death through Jesus Christ. Praise be to God for His mercies that are new every morning, for His reminder to us that we have nothing to fear, and for the promise of eternal life when our earthly life is over. “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39).
In mid-March, Kansas declared that schools would close for the rest of the school year. Other states soon made the same determination.
Very quickly we started hearing terms like “Shelter at Home” and “Social distancing.” “Quarantine” was a word seldom heard these days…until now when we hear it daily.
The words “Pandemic” and “Plague,” although foreign and strange to the younger generation, engender memories giving rise to fear in the minds and hearts of the oldest among us.
Businesses and churches closed,
The economy faltered,
Violence at home is increasing,
and Deaths from the virus are reported daily.
Many of us have only seen times like these in movies or read about them in books.
and Discouragement is on the rise, exacerbated by the news reports and accompanied by weather fluctuations from cold and wintry to mild and spring-like and back to wintry again.
And we are all wondering, "How long???"
Nothing is certain except that nothing is certain.
I always love it when I read those words “But God” in my Bible. Often they follow bad circumstances or evil, offering hope to a situation that would otherwise seem hopeless.
As I pushed forward and backward the seemingly heavy vacuum and saw the white pup hair that was being taken away little by little, I lost it. Literally had a breakdown right there in the living room. The room was quiet except for the hum of the vacuum. It did not matter that no one was around, I could not help but bawl uncontrollably thinking of our beloved Gidget and the fact that we had to put yet another dog down...
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I will never forget the excitement I had going into a meeting with one of my professors, Dr. J back in grad school. I had the idea of launching a Christian clothing business from way back when and he had a side business that helped start-ups. I came prepared with all my notes, my hand-drawn ideas scribbled into a notebook from years ago and a prototype of a zip-up hoodie that had embroidered crosses and verses stitched all over it. I was so excited! See, Dr. J, now this is what I’m talking about! See this cool hoodie??!! It’s a nicer, higher-end product that I really think people would buy! He, of course, has far more knowledge than I and he is asking questions and pondering it all…thankfully not anything like “Shark Tank”; I would never have survived that type of questioning. He was genuinely being a kind fella and hearing me out. At the end of our meeting (as I am walking out) he asked me to write a “Theology of a Hoodie.” K…. hmmm….ok. That’s it? What on earth does he mean, I thought? I also thought, are you kidding me dude, you know full well how many books and papers we must write in graduate school and now you are asking me to (for fun) write a theology of a hoodie?!
Well, here it is almost 8 years later. (BTW I still do not know exactly what he was asking for, however, I have a far better understanding of hoodies after creating and selling them for almost 3 years now). “Theology” means a theological theory or system” I am going with just the theory or system; my guess is that was what he was asking for?
So, here is my brief explanation of how the system works, at least in my case.