In A Quandary

February 5, 2016



Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”
~John 13:7, NLT


“If you’re not confused, you’re not paying attention.”
~Tom Peters
A quandary is a state of perplexity over what to do or say in a difficult situation. I think it is safe to say, “I’ve been in a quandary the past two weeks.” With this thought in mind, I was reading through John 13 yesterday when verse 7 leaped from pages and penetrated my cerebral cortex.
Think about how perplexed and confused the disciples must have been when Jesus laid His robe aside, girded Himself with a towel, grabbed a basin of water and started washing feet. No one in the room had a clue as to what He was doing or why. When Jesus came to Peter there arose a slight debate: LORD, are you going to wash my feet? Peter was humiliated and ashamed and was not going to allow Jesus to wash his feet.
This is when Jesus said, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.” Are there things going on around you that you don’t understand? Do you have everything figured out so that it all make sense? I have an aunt who is as gentle, kind and sweet as anyone on the planet–she has stage four cancer. I have a friend that I thought was getting better when in fact, he was getting weaker each day. I have a nephew that made his fourth trip to HH last night after having surgery in December.
To be honest with you, I don’t understand any of it but Jesus does and someday He will make it all clear. In the meantime, I must live like father Abraham–by faith, one day at a time.
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  • Fuzz Dobbins got to come home from DGH last night. Gary Garner was resting peacefully. My nephew Heath was readmitted to HH. Continue to pray. I can’t explain it but I believe every prayer helps. My neighbor and landlord Ray Edwards has been sick this week also.
  • We’ve had some computer problems at the office but we got things sorted out yesterday and we are able to change the sign. Shohn did a fabulous job on our Swamp John Tickets and 13 are already sold. That leaves us 187 to sell Sunday.
  • Sunday night is LIFE CHANGING BIBLE STUDY CLASS PARTY NIGHT. Childcare begins at 5:15 and goes to 7:45. I need two nursery workers and we will pay. If you know anyone interested, give me a call.

Gary, Keri and Kane


May 9, 2014

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We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair.

~ 2 Corinthians 4:8, NKJV


Never, never, never give up!

~Winston Churchill 

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In my opinion, Paul is the greatest Missionary in history.  God used him in extraordinary ways but even he confessed to being perplexed from time to time. Perplexity is the inability to deal with or understand something complicated or unaccountable. Have you ever been in the state of confusion or what about wits end [Psalms 107:27] where you don’t know what is what? Job spent several nights at wit’s end trying to sort things out but he never understood what was going on. He finally accepted the fact that God is God and we don’t have enough sense for His sense to make sense.  I am no Job by any stretch of the imagination; neither am I in the league of an Apostle Paul but I can identify with their perplexity. There are times when I don’t understand what is going on or why.  I like to read 2 Corinthians 4 in the modern translations. The CEV reads, “We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don’t know what to do, we never give up. In times of trouble, God is with us, and when we are knocked down, we get up again.” I think Paul and Churchill had some things in common: neither would quit or allow anyone else to discuss quitting. Churchill once said, “When you are going through hell, keep going.”

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  • Checked on Kenny today: feeling fair. Did not have treatment on Wednesday, they rescheduled him for next week.
  • Mrs. Eloise Maddox a long time reader of the blog and Subscriber to the DIGEST is not feeling well and really has not felt well for a month or so. Please pray for Mrs. Maddox, she is one of the sweetest ladies I have known. She has always refreshed me. When I need a place to retreat and rest for a moment, I could always visit Jack and Eloise Maddox. She is top-notch!
  • I’ll try to do a phone message sometime today but I assume you know that we will not have a deacons meeting Sunday in honor of our Mothers and no pm service but we are having LCBS and I will [Lord willing] have the donuts and biscuits there by 8:30. Mandy sold a ton of roses so I am expecting a big crowd. We had a horde they played hooky on us last Sunday. I hope this Sunday is better.