. . . quite a crazy, volatile turn of weather here . . . and so suddenly. It was blazing hot two days ago--record heat hitting 98 degrees Fahrenheit . . . where it should have been in the high 70s . . . and then yesterday morning, a breathtakingly rapid temp. fall within an hour or so . . . suddenly needing long pants and a jacket . . . and with gale force, violent microburst winds . . . . Then turning to relative sun and calm by days' end . . . though still quite cool. I am glad for the cooling down, but I've found out through observation the past year that I am highly reactive to low air pressure drop. I wonder for how many years this has been going on? . . . days when there would be no obvious reason to feel terrible . . . but suddenly would, thinking maybe it was something eaten, or a "bug" . . . but actually, is simply the drop in air pressure. Once I figured out the symptoms and was able to tie it to the barometer . . . it's apparent like clockwork. I can tell almost instantly as soon as it drop below 30.00--that seems to be the magic number. Dull, annoying headache . . . which grows . . . moments of slight nausea . . . oddly heartburn . . . and a stultifying fatigue. When it drops real fast and hits around 29.30 or lower... it sometimes turns into flat out, paralyzing hell. Migraine, absolutely no energy, can't think, acid reflux . . . it's awful, lol. Why am I laughing? Heh . . . well, pains-and-aches-talk is kinda funny I think, as you get older . . . such a common, universal experience and tendency . . . sharing body woes . . . . But yeah, anyway, I mention it only in case someone out there might suffer a similar thing . . . and not know it. Not that it helps much to know what causes the bundle of symptoms, as I haven't heard of . . . or figured out anything yet to do as an antidote . . . . I mean . . . it's the air pressure! . . . how can you defend against that?! I suppose some thinly-veiled prosperity-doctrine knucklehead might say, "oh, you just don't have enough faith . . . . If you were really a follower of God, He wouldn't put you in a position to suffer from low air pressure" . . . .
But I do find some solace in at least ruling out a lot of other things it could be, (ie., brain tumor, stroke, food allergy etc.) and thus being led on wild medical goose chases . . . .
The symptoms, I have found, fyi, are very similar to allergic reaction to MSG--another thing I must strictly avoid.....
Meanwhile . . . . Here is a challenging little test I heard street preacher Ray Comfort mention last night . . . .
You know how we are expected to be "on fire" for the Gospel . . . and to be eagerly and regularly sharing it and trying to get people saved--to get them at least to hear about and hopefully accept Christ, in order to not go to hell? . . . . [Believing the scriptures which say that Jesus Christ, Yeshuah Ha Mashiach is the ONLY WAY TO GET TO HEAVEN AND AVOID ETERNAL DAMNATION, so-to-speak . . . . That UNLESS you repent and trust Jesus as Lord . . . you are bound to have your place in the "lake of fire" with all the others who reject the Savior and hate God . . . . ]
So, knowing the very high stakes, we are called to witness and exhort and try constantly to reach the unsaved . . . BUT . . . very few of us actually do, and if we do, barely. We are timid, afraid, lazy, insecure, post-modern (everyone is entitled to their "own" "truth") . . . etc.
Likewise, we are often not near as excited as we should be about the promise of eternal life. Many self confessed believers . . . trudge through life, tired . . . bored . . . cold . . . complacent . . . sort of just marking time . . . distracted and usually more thrilled by worldly successes, if they happen, than the success of having found God.
Well, Ray gave a couple of quick scenarios to honestly appraise our level of "investment" in what we claim to believe and follow.
Here's one: Imagine that someone you know and trust implicitly tells you that you have just inherited or won . . . . 10 million dollars! You don't have the money yet, but upon being told . . . you believe it is true and know that soon you will have your hands on it.
Instantly . . . you will be excited! Thrilled! You might shout for joy, dance, sing . . . ! You don't have the money yet, but already all your worries, fears, insecurities, depression, lukewarmness . . . are gone! You are immediately filled with happiness and joy and relief! . . . . Based on the promise.
Yet, here is the believer promised eternal life in heavenly abode, in the presence of God Himself! How often do we get excited about that? Is this not better news and a better promise than a temporary boon of money, which, after death or after its gone . . . will be meaningless? Why would we be singing and jumping for joy when we win the millions of dollars . . . but . . . mope around glum, depressed or even nonchalant though we have been given the greatest promise that any living being COULD be given?
Perhaps our . . . belief . . . in God's promise . . . is not as solid as we might like to think . . . . . ?
The other example, regarding evangelizing (sharing the Gospel): If someone said they would give you $1000.00 for every person you preached the Gospel to (whether that person accepted it or not) would you be more motivated than you are right now to get out there and preach? Sure you would. You would be up at the crack of dawn, ready to go find anyone, anywhere . . . and tell them about the Lord! How many could you fit into one day? 10? 20? 30? . . . at a thousand dollars a pop?! Woo-hoo!
Yet, if we really believe that Jesus is the only Way . . . and that we are to be sharing the Good News with sinners everywhere . . . so that they may be saved FOR ALL ETERNITY . . . why would the $1000 per head make that much more difference? Is it that our love of money . . . is perhaps a bit stronger than our love for others' salvation and for acting on the Great Commission? Where we ought be on fire to reach and teach and preach . . . . ?
Challenging thoughts . . . I agree, with Ray . . . . :)