When we went to the Gold Coast in Australia, they said they had sun over 300 days a year. I haven’t researched it yet, but I believe Juneau must have rain about 300 days a year. I know that it rained yesterday and today. I also know that it is scheduled to rain all the rest of the week. I that is so, then we are going to be like all the other locals and not let that stop us from doing what ever it is we want to do. So tomorrow we will probably hike up toward the glacier and see what we can see.
Today was a fun day, even in the rain. We kept the girls this morning while Lisa and Hernań went house hunting again. They have had problems with every house that they looked at. The house that they have a contract on didn’t look like it was going to pan out, so they were looking for a back up. We, really Sheryl, fixed the girls breakfast, and then we both entertained them for what seemed to be a long time, but was probably only the morning. They got in around noon, and said that the seller of the house that was under contract with had decided to do what was necessary to keep the sale alive. We also found out that Lisa’s other car had arrived at the dock and we could pick it up. So we had our afternoon planned out for us. First, we were going to get the car, and then to see the house that was the leading contender and finally to see the house that they had a contract with. I’ll spare you all of the details, but the bottom line is that it looks like that everything will work out on the original house. Everybody is totally at peace with the decision and I think that they will really enjoy living in it.
After seeing both houses, I really think that they are making the right decision on trying to keep the contract that they have. But enough on houses; we went to eat downtown and then walked around in the rain. It really was a lot of fun. We saw three big cruise ships docked in the harbor and tourist were everywhere. I was an enjoyable evening, especially with Anna and Julia. They are precious and really beginning to bond with Sheryl. Of course I am having fun with them too!
What is faith? Of course there are always the scriptural definitions. But really when you think about it, you can’t have faith without having trust first. You have to trust that God is who He says He is and that He can do what He says He will do. Trust is key in any relationship. In a contract there is a certain level of trust that is needed to have the contract reach the closing table. When that trust is broken for any reason, then more times than not, the closing falls through. That’s what happened to Lisa and Hernan. I believe it is only by God’s grace that they still have the opportunity to buy that house.
In spiritual matters, it is the lack of trust in Father God or Papa that cause so much heartache. There is no way to have faith without trust. Trust is the basis of faith and without it we would all live in fear and in doubt. But trust is so dependent on how we view our Father’s attitudes. If we know that God is good, then we can rest in His presence knowing that He is not trying to harm us in any way. We can trust Him. However if we don’t know about His goodness, then we really have a hard time trusting Him as we move into deeper areas. It always seems to come back to His goodness. Pretty soon, we are all going to learn to understand His heart for us, and to begin to walk in His goodness.