Monday, April 26, 2004

Memory Verse for the Month

When life hands you a lemon, find a Bible verse, take it out of context, & apply it to yourself. I have found this a satisfying way of encouragement lately. So, I have found a memory verse to explain the situation Monica & I are going through right now. I ran across this verse years ago when Austin was asked what his favorite Bible verse was at a devo. Without hesitating he said, "Joel 3:14," confidently. He had no idea what it said in Joel 3:14, so everyone turned there. This is how it reads:

"Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision."
I have never forgotten this verse, & it is exceedingly appropriate. We have just a few days to make a major decision. Actually to make some major decisions! We are smack dab in the middle of the valley of decision & have until the end of this month to make it. We would like to leave it up to fate, but that never works out because anything you end up doing is your fate--think about it. Anyhow, if anybody wants to pay off our loans with no strings attached, we will let you make the decision for us... no questions asked. Go to Harding, stay at OC, work for a year, forget it all & travel--those are your 4 options, & for an undisclosed amount, you get to choose. This is the reality of Monica & Ben's life taken to a whole new level.

Well, take this memory verse to heart & don't let the context of the passage (judgment of all the nations at the end of time) get in your way. Misinterpreted, it actually speaks volumes about what we are going through right now.

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