In pondering different versions of this passage, I couldn’t help but to think of a garden. So much so that I am willing to put my body at risk due to the immense nature of my outdoor allergies.(The patch of eczema on my shin that I can’t get rid of proves it!He is now using this experience of flying solo to help others. I’m going to show this to my Dad, to remind him that I do actually work. I started working out for 2 to 3 hours a day and not eating. I got to where I could use Chap Stick as deodorant. God made us for community and we need to lean on and help each other. Madeline: I’m certain that you must have received good advice and bad advice. Bob: The best advice came from my friend, comedian Tim Hawkins, (You should check him out.Madeline: Once you learned that your wife had left and was pursuing a divorce, did you immediately begin seeking support or did you hide? I kept asking what I could change to fix this, which I now realize made me look desperate and unattractive. She didn’t want to tell the church elders and I didn’t want to tell our friends. I also didn’t want our kids to know that there was a problem. Seek counsel from your church the second you think there’s a problem. I promise he is the second best comedian out there.) I waited about three months before reaching out to my friends.anger, bitterness, jealousy, envy, impulsiveness, idolatry… I thank God every day that He brought me to a place in my heart where I was open to receiving Him and willing to let Him be the captain of my faith journey.After all, He isn’t called the the Lord and Giver of Life for nothing!I knew that I had to get up every day and face the shattered life that I had worked so hard to create, and start allowing God to shape and build a new life for me, with new adventures and opportunities. You know, God saved Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego IN the fire. I was telling a joke and watching a room full of people laughing uncontrollably while I was thinking in my mind, “why are you laughing – don’t you know how much pain there is in the world?” Then I thought, “maybe that’s why they’re laughing.” So I started looking for humor and laughter more in my personal life.
Talking about everything with my closest friends helped me to process everything, and get a game plan together of how to move on after the floor fell out from under me.Madeline: What have been some of the hardest aspects of grief for you and how did you get through them?Bob: When someone leaves you, you instantly think that you’re a failure.LOL) This verse makes me think of all the times in the Bible where God’s Word talks about a vineyard.A garden, or a vineyard, are the same in terms of the work it takes to cultivate it.And I have to admit, Satan was winning that game against me for a long time. However, the more I relied on my friends and the more I dove into the Bible, I was reminded that God can use the most messed up people in life. Bob: I’ve always heard that laughter is the best medicine but after the year I’ve had, I can honestly say that it’s Vicodin. Laughter has so much healing power and I went months without that power.