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Burst 37.2  04.23.21

 

Cycles-God is Always with Us

by Skip Orem | Web Radio Today

Transcript Audio Burst 37.2

Skip Orem: (00:16 )

I was thinking everybody that in terms of our health and our wellbeing,

it’s really a mistake to think of retirement as a time of leisure.

It can be, well, it’s more about freedom. Being in control of your schedule. Being able to do the things you want and to spend time in ways that well, a working job just doesn’t allow us to do. Retirement though everybody, is a critical time to be concerned about your health. Retirement age is also unfortunately, the age when disease might come to pay us a visit. Don’t take time off from caring for yourself. Try to find things that are interesting. Keep yourself interested in things, learning new things, being around people. Like the Bible says, everything has its season and we have to adapt to and get the most out of every season. And those cycles of good times and then bad times, at our ages we’ve gone through a few of those I would imagine for most of us. I urge you everybody in this cycle, the season of retirement, don’t take time off from caring about your health.

God was always with us, watching over us. Loving us, caring for us.
Skip Orem: (02:04)

It is fun though, during this season of retirement to reflect back on our life, especially our relationship with God during the different cycles. Perhaps we were closer to God during some of the cycles, maybe more distant in others. But one thing, everybody, one thing’s certain,

God was always with us, watching over us. Loving us, caring for us.

Faith, the Most Important Element of the Web Radio Today Disease Fighting and Fitness Model
Skip Orem: (02:40)

Faith is the first and most important element of the Web Radio Today disease fighting and fitness model. Faith and prayer are your vitamins for your soul. You cannot live a healthy life without them. My faith in God rescued me last year. Listeners to this podcast know the story. You can listen to it in episodes 2B and 3B. It’s why this podcast exists. What came to destroy me, brought me back to God. I urge you everybody, to think about your relationship with God this week. Thank him for what he’s given to you, both the good and the bad. Every challenge that God has put before you was put there for a reason. And during those challenges, you were never alone. God was always with you.

Footprints in the Sand
Skip Orem: (03:43)

The poem, Footprints in the Sand., Many of you, you know it. Footprints in the Sand describes how God is always there for us. The poem’s setting is a person our age walking on the beach alone, thinking about their life. Most of us who live near a beach or who have been fortunate enough to be on the beach at some point at our older age, have done that walk thinking about your life. This person in the poem, let’s pretend that’s you. You’re walking along the sand, near the ocean on the beach and you’re looking back on your life, thinking about both the good and the bad times. And as you’re looking back on your life, looking back along the beach, you see footprints on the sand where you’ve walked. Most of the time as you look back there, you can see that there were two sets of footprints. One of those footprints, one of those sets belongs to you and then the other set belong to God. He was right there walking with you during your life.

Skip Orem: (05:14)

But then you, you also notice that during the bad times in your life, the most difficult and challenging times you face during your life, maybe some of those times came last year. You notice that during those times, those bad times, you only see one see one set of footprints. As you look at those single sets of footprints, you notice that well, during the darkest times in your life, during some of your most difficult struggles, well it appears that God wasn’t walking with you then. You can see only one set of footprints. It seems that you were walking alone, had God left you? This is strange so you stop right there and you pray to God. You say in your prayer, “Father, when I was going through so much trouble, why weren’t you walking with me? Why weren’t you there beside me?” God answers you, “My child. I love you and I would never ever leave you. During those times you were suffering, during your darkest hours, those times that you were deeply troubled, those times when you can only see one set of footprints, it was then my child that I carried you.”