The trill of an incoming text message on my cellphone is usually a normal semi-exciting daily interruption. But once and awhile, the interruption is a wake up call much needed to my regular type day. There is one person who sends these blessed texts to me and helps me to come back to earth via heaven.
I met Riny my sophomore year of college when she moved into my dorm apartment. She immediately became one of crowd and we’ve remained friends every since. One of my favorite memories is assisting her in writing a poem and making brownies to drop off at a guy’s dorm in attempt to scare him. Poems and brownies make sound like the antithesis of a truly terrifying experience but believe me when I say this boy was shivering in his boots in 90 degree weather! Oh the wild times in college making brownies… hahaaaa.
Now that Riny and I are separated by miles and miles, her texts of Godly advice always come at the right time. Instead of brownies and poems, I receive advice and direction straight from the Big Man himself. Riny has been sending text messages with Bible verses in them for quite awhile. I can’t remember if they started in college or maybe afterwards. It seems like they are always on point though. Funny how God works that out.
These are the verses that I have kept on my phone to look at daily or randomly when I need a reminder of God’s grace, direction, love and the gift of friendship.
John 15:5 (New Living Translation)
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”
2 Corinthians 1:8-9 (New Living Translation)
We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters,[a] about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. 9 In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead.
Ephesians 5:20 (New Living Translation)
And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
*This is my personal anthem through Jesus for my life. Hence this blog.)
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (New Living Translation)
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are[a] being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
I am still amazed at how the small things in life are always the ones that I remember and hold true value to. Thank you, dear Riny, for being my continual reminder to delve into God’s word and find strength in him.
Now here is a few snapshots from the college days…
Christmas party with all the ladies. Riny, far right, and me with long hair in red/gold dress.
Getting all pumped up for a USF Bulls game. Funny thing is I’m wearing that shirt right now. School pride!