Headlining today’s Wall Street Journal is Akane Otani’s piece titled “Stocks Rebound, but Jitters Linger.” Thankfully our peace does not depend upon the Dow or London’s FTSE 100. Europe is volatile, and Istanbul is recovering from a massive terror attack, but you and I are to “not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving” lay all of our burdens at the throne of Christ’s grace (Philippians 4:6-7). When we present our requests there alone, we are promised “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.” Heart, guarded. Mind, guarded.
If you didn’t meet Julian Sunday, I’ll introduce you now. Julian is from Romania (Grace Baptist Church in fact), and will be here as part of our family through the end of August. He is learning English, and we’re finding him to be a quick study! Yesterday we showed Julian the sites of Chicago, and this morning we’re off to the Botanic Gardens and then the Milwaukee area. Eileen will read Scripture tomorrow at the wedding of a close friend. After those festivities, we’ll be off to the Northwoods of Wisconsin near Michigan’s U.P.
We’re hoping that this big driving loop will give Julian a taste of American life, complete with fireworks on Stormy Lake on Independence Day. As we journey, our hope is to point both Julian and Joshua to the God who created such magnificent beauty, and who established and prospered this great nation.
My heart is warmed this morning by thoughts of the weekend bike ride for our dear Tammy Bohannon. It’s yet more evidence of a mighty Spirit-driven wind of grace in and through the people called First Baptist Paducah. Regardless of the stock exchange, we will persevere. Not because of our own strength, but that of Christ in us!
As you celebrate America’s birthday, remember to give thanks to God for our freedom. We who’ve been claimed by Christ know a freedom in Him that can’t be extinguished by political turmoil or economic uncertainty. We are safe. He is Sovereign and good.