March 24, 2016 on 10:06 am | By | In In God's Pocket, Living Joyously | Comments Off on THURSDAY THOUGHT 3/24/16 — I GOT YOU, GOD

Sonny_And_CherOne of my first major disappointments in life took place when both The Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel split up in 1970. My faith in the permanence of life was further challenged when Sonny and Cher divorced in 1975.  By then, my personal philosophy was:  Blessed be he who expects nothing, for he shall not be disappointed.

 I think we’ve all been disappointed in life — from relationships to heroes to jobs to the fact that we all get old and the inevitability of gravity becomes apparent. Only one thing has proven to have staying power: the power and promise of God.

My point:  When we open our hearts and let the Lord in, life makes sense. And, no, it’s not about demanding a pony and then whining because God has something better in mind. It’s about when we learn to truly trust and accept that God is the real deal, honest and perpetually constant and reliable, when we can say, “I got you, God,” that is the day all disappointments end.  Just trust. — JRI   

’For I know the plans I have for you,’ says

the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not

for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’”

  • Jeremiah 29: 11

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, I recall casting about for something to believe in. My faith had faded away from an indifferent church and a God who seemed very, very remote.  And I was never very big on trusting people.  So, like so many others, I focused on being part of something – whether it was pride in attending The Ohio State University or, eventually, being a committed Green Bay Packers fan.  I also put my faith in science and my own rational powers and mental skills.  However, it wasn’t until I was able to believe and believe in Jesus Christ that everything made true sense, that I knew I would not be disappointed.  (I mean, even The Packers let me down from time to time.)  God answered my prayers and my questions, put me in a wondrous, peaceful marriage with Susan, and He reminds me, sometimes daily, that He will do it His way, and it will all be okay if we just trust.  I got God … and God’s got me.

John Ingrisano


March 24, 2016

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