2015-02-11 / Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

When things are going good, the Devil gets angry
By Larry G. Spence

The New Year had been going very smoothly and all things were good, until this weekend. On Saturday, I attended our monthly men's prayer breakfast, which a few call "Breakfast with Jesus." We have men from all over the Valley in Raymondville for the event. We had an awesome meeting and we usually have from 25- 30 men but this time we had about 56 present. Lots of praise, testimonies, and prayer petitions. Left there feeling really lifted up. Then I worked a fund-raiser for Lions Club, and was on my feet for about 2 hours in preparation and two hours serving. I was really worn out but knew that it had been a success and that would mean we could to provide more eyeglasses for students as well as scholarships.

Just as I was thinking how well everything was going the call came in early Sunday morning that our storage building at the Sheriffs Office had caught on fire. In the garage was our boat, four Polaris 4-wheelers, a shipment of new tires for the vehicles, and many more smaller items. We lost everything and the building will probably have to come down as well. Fortunately, the jail was not damaged in any way nor was there any danger to inmates. Talk about taking the wind out of my sails. However, I have faith that all will work out in the end.

I do want to take the time to thank local law enforcement for their response to the fire, and a special thanks to the Raymondville Volunteer Fire Department for the outstanding effort put forth in fighting the fire and smoke, and trying to salvage what they could. They went above and beyond what is normal for them, but I want them to know their efforts were appreciated.

The first part of the week has been one problem after another, but I know who is behind all these attacks, so I don't have to like it, but I can deal with it because that victory has already been won, over 2,000 years ago. The Word says, "in the world you will have trials and tribulations, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." So if you are having a week like I am, hang in there, "this too shall pass." I apologize for not having the time to put together a longer column, but I thought I'd share how quickly things can turn from good to bad, but if you just stay strong in your faith, "walk by faith, and not by sight," things will eventually get better. Stay safe and have a Happy Valentines Day.

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