Late last week I got a phone call from my grandson in Indiana. He said, “Hey papa…” and went on to explain that the court making the decision on the adoption of his new brother had ruled and it was final. He had a new brother…from Ethiopia. His name is Isaiah Tamrat McDaniel. He told me I could look on line and watch a video that his mom had prepared sharing this great news.
So, after soliciting a little technical help, I watched the video about my new grandson with one of my little granddaughters on my lap…who sweetly kept asking me why I was crying. Her little hands wiped tears from my face, while she tried to “comfort” me. I got to tell you…it doesn’t get much better than that! That moment was followed by a great Bible study with believers that I love. This was followed by a deacon’s retreat in the mountains (which was great fun) and a wonderful day of worship on the Lord’s Day. I also got to put my arms around Rob and Lee Clarke, welcoming them home for a while. So, even though right now it’s a gray, windy, rainy day, filled with challenges, I just have to share my joy with you.
There are certainly many hard, difficult, and painful days in life and ministry, but something I often think and say to people on those good days is, “You’ve got to cash the happy days when they come.” They are precious. So, I know there are challenges ahead, but today…in the rain…I’m cashing a few of those happy days! God is so good and kind, isn’t He?