It is so hard for me to get back into blogging about hunting, when Dr. Douglas Baltrip was just laid to rest today. I am so grateful that his parents (Bob and Linda) have a solid foundation to lean on. What do people do that don’t know Christ in a personal way? The Holy Scriptures proclaim that Jesus was a man of sorrows and well acquainted with grief. He is able to comfort those that call on His name in their time of trouble. Faith goes hand in hand with trust. In the book of Job we read that Job lost everything important in his life (kids, home, business, servants, and health) yet he proclaims to those around him “Yet though He slay me I will trust Him!” I see my friends Bob and Linda exuding this same kind of faith. The Bible says “Faith is the evidence of things hoped for and the certainty of things not seen.”
They hold onto the promises, of their Savior, who proclaimed that he would prepare a place for us, so that we might be with Him. No Karma, no reincarnation, no penitence, no atheistic philosophy, but the wonderful promise of a loving God, full of grace and mercy. Through the centuries He has proven Himself over and over again the He is not a man that He should lie. His grace certainly is “Amazing.” His power has not diminished, His hand is not slack, His love has not grown cold, His grace is still sufficient.
I don’t think anyone can explain all that has taken place in these past days. Trust is placing our hand in His and allowing Him to lead us. We don’t have to know or understand everything. We just need to know that our Heavenly Father is good! Not some of the time, but “all” the time. Trust walks with the eyes of faith, and leads us into the Promised Land.
Trials and testings come to all who follow The Master. We are encouraged not to shrink back, but to press onward toward the prize, and the calling on our lives. I know God called my “old buddy Bob” to be a shepherd over His sheep. He called Linda to be his helpmate. They are a team. Every tear God is keeping in a safe place for you both. Every sob is recorded in the very heart of God. He can and does comfort His children. He sends His angels as “Ministering Spirits.” Even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we shall fear no evil. Why? Because he is with us through His Blessed Holy Spirit. Thank God for the Comforter-our down payment of things yet to come.
Bob and Linda, as you are tried in the fire, your light shines brightly for all to see. It brings the “sheep” a sense of peace, and speaks volumes to the unsaved. Surly as you follow your marching orders, the Kingdom will be expanded and territory will be taken for the Lord.
Our lives are like a vapor as we approach the final stretch in our race. Soon and very soon we are going to see the King. Oh what a day, what a glorious day awaits the Saints, as we are reunited with loved ones. Vanquished, and forever removed, will be the pain, sickness, sorrow, and tears associated with this life. Lean on the rock. Fridays over and Sundays coming!
Love you and yours always.