If none of God's saints were poor and tried, we should not know half so well the consolations of divine grace. When we find the wanderer who has not where to lay his head, who yet can say, "Still will I trust in thee," or, when we see the pauper starving on bread and water, who still glories in Jesus; when we see the bereaved widow overwhelmed in affliction, and yet having faith in Christ, oh! what honour it reflects on the gospel. God's grace is illustrated and magnified in the poverty and trials of believers. Saints bear up under every discouragement, believing that all things work together for their good, and that out of apparent evils a real blessing shall ultimately spring—that their God will either work a deliverance for them speedily, or most assuredly support them in the trouble, as long as He is pleased to keep them in it. This patience of the saints proves the power of divine grace.Great dinner and time with Nate and Heather last night. Afraid that didn't leave me the margin to go to the Tennis Pro show afterward—sorry, __sidekick and thewordcop! Yet another time I wish I could be everywhere and do everything at once.
—Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Morning and Evening (5 March, Morning:"Grace for Trials")
Today there's nowhere to be and little to do, which feels most incredible. Hoping to enjoy rather than sit and stew; so far so good. When I'm tired of being out, I have Shrek 2, Hero, and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace waiting on DVD, as well as a well-stocked TiVo.
The cool breeze smells amazing and fresh. This is a good day.