Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.~James 1:17 NLT
Some chairs are good for more than just sitting.
When I was a young lad, my maternal grandmother—who lived in Vance, South Carolina—purchased a living room suite from a local furniture store. The reason I remember it so well is because she placed it in her formal living room—the front room she called it—and told us not to sit on it. She reserved this for company, which she rarely had. The suite contained a couch, two chairs, a coffee table, and two end tables.
After my grandmother died, Mom and her sister divided the living room suite. Mom took the couch and the chair, and my aunt got the tables. Mom didn’t like all-white furniture, so she had the couch and chairs recovered. When Dad retired, he and Mom moved into a smaller home that didn’t have room for my grandmother’s furniture. Mom offered it to my youngest brother, but he had no room for it, so she passed it along to me.
My wife and I kept my grandmother’s furniture for several years until we moved into a smaller place. We stored the couch and chairs for a time but eventually concluded we’d probably never live in a home large enough for them again. Reluctantly, I decided to sell the couch and matching chair, but kept one chair for sentimental reasons.
The chair now sits in various places in our small patio townhome (depending on what mood my wife is in), but we don’t use it as a formal piece of furniture any longer. Anyone who wants to, sits on it, and yes, things have been spilled on it, leaving stains we can’t remove. I’m sure if the chair could tell me about its journey, it would share things even I don’t know. One thing remains: I love it because of whom it belonged to. It came as a good gift from a loving grandmother and then a mother.
All the good things in life—and I might add, the not-so-good things—ultimately come from a loving God who brings or allows them into our life journey.~Martin Wiles, author of A Whisper in the Woods: Quiet Escapes in a Noisy World
We never know where our life journey will take us. Often, it includes sicknesses, relationship challenges, financial crunches, emotional struggles, death, change, and tough decisions. But James gives us comforting assurances. All the good things in life—and I might add, the not-so-good things—ultimately come from a loving God who brings or allows them into our life journey. A worldwide pandemic included. February, with its Valentine’s Day, gives us the opportunity to celebrate love and remind ourselves of God’s love.God does not change His opinion toward us. He loved us before we’re born, and nothing will alter His love for us in the present or the future. #VineWords @linesfromgod #OneChairsJourney Click To Tweet
And God does not change His opinion toward us. He loved us before we’re born, and nothing will alter His love for us in the present or the future. He always works for our good—whether we see it—and He gives us His Spirit permanently to guide us along life’s journey.
The psalmist wrote, “You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever” (16:11 NLT).
So, remember, wherever your life journey takes you, God remains by your side.
What can you do to help you remember God abides by you, no matter what?
Father God, thank You for walking beside us and guiding us along our life’s journey. Amen.
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Meet Our Contributor
Martin Wiles is an author, English teacher, and freelance editor who resides in Greenwood, South Carolina.
He is the founder and editor of the internationally recognized devotion site, Love Lines from God.
Wiles is the managing editor for Christian Devotions, the senior editor for Inspire a Fire, and a proof editor for Courier Publishing. He has also served as web content editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.
Wiles has authored A Whisper in the Wood: Quiet Escapes in a Noisy World (Ambassador International), Grits & Grace & God, and Grits, Gumbo, and Going to Church (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), Morning By Morning, Morning Serenity, and Grace Greater Than Sin (America Star Books), and is a contributing author in Penned from the Heart (Son-Rise Publications), Rise (Chaplain Publishing), and Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
He has served as regional correspondent and Sunday school lesson writer for the Baptist Courier and has also written for Lifeway’s Bible Studies for Life curriculum.
Wiles has been published in Christian Living in the Mature Years, Mature Living, Open Windows, Proclaim, The Secret Place, The Word in Season, Upper Room, Light from the Word, Reach Out Columbia, Mustard Seed Ministries, Journey Christian Newspaper, Common Ground Herald, The Quiet Hour, Power for Living, Halo Magazine, Joyful Living Magazine, Christian Broadcasting Network, Sharing, Today’s Christian Living, These Days, Plum Tree Tavern, Eskimo Pie, The Scarlet Leaf Review, Creation Illustrated, LIVE, Purpose Magazine, Stand Firm, The Banner, Relevant, and Lutheran Digest.
He is a regular contributor to Christian Devotions, PCC Daily Devotions, Theology Mix, Inspire a Fire, The Write Conversation, and Vine Words: Devotions and More, and is a regular writer for the Dorchester County Eagle Record, the Orangeburg County Times and Democrat, and the Greenwood County Index Journal.
Wiles’s latest book, Don’t Just Live…Really Live is under contract with Ambassador International.
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