Mississippi Blue Skies

Thursday’s storms have passed on by.

It is a beautiful Saturday on the mighty Mississippi river here in Vicksburg.

Forgive the following brag…

It looks like I may have several speaking gigs in the process of being lined up (yeah me!). The blog will most likely go over 62,000 page views in the next few hours or so. Email subscribers are at 310. Facebook page likes are at 577. And, it is quite possible I will be published in two national publications–online and print. But most importantly, I am thankful for all of you who have helped give me a voice again.

The future may not yet be bright enough that I have to wear shades, but the day is not yet over! I am eagerly looking forward to whatever comes next

How’s that for an optimistic outlook on life?

I look forward to the day when some of the struggle is a thing of the past.
Do I think I will still wrestle with God? You betcha! But truthfully, I think my give and take with God is more honest and life/ hope affirming than not engaging Him.

And being able to share your heartbreak, pain, and questioning of God gives great meaning to my life. Neither of us are alone…

In spite of the occasional storm clouds of anger, doubt, confusion, uncertainty, and fear, the sky is still blue. Sometimes you have to wait awhile for the blue to peek through, but peek through it will eventually do.

For my fellow strugglers who wrestle with the pain and hurt of this world…
For my fellow travelers who rage at the inadequacy of faith and additional pain from the hands of a platitude based Christianity…
For my fellow questioners who long for answers they may never have this side of eternity…
For my fellow limpers barely getting by in a world of sprinters and long distance runners, limp on…

Blue skies are just beyond the clouds.
If I can discern them, you will too one day!

(Somebody please remind me of this post when the skies are dark and gray as they sometimes will be for me and you)

Happy Saturday!
May your today and tomorrow be blessed!

Rock on,
Les Ferguson, Jr.

10 thoughts on “Mississippi Blue Skies

  1. Reading your blog today made me smile and feel good. I could almost feel the warmth you felt personally from this beautiful day, and it was great to picture you smiling and soaking in the sun. We all need days like this to get us through the darker ones, but today felt especially good. Go ahead and grab some shades the next time you’re out shopping….. I have a feeling you’ll be needing them soon.

  2. So right, we are NOT alone in our crappy days, just like in our good days. So happy to hear your good news today, brother!

  3. ” I think my give and take with God is more honest ”

    I can so relate Les. Pain has forced me to drop my religious (in part anyways 🙂 ) facade and engage more transparently with God.

    • Amen, Bob. It’s very liberating to accept transparency with God. It’s so much work to keep up the façade…and for what?…the only one who believes the façade is us, since God sees right through it anyway!

  4. After months and months of grey sky, damp and cold, (meterologically speaking), today was a brilliant day, bright sunshine – and your blog imitated the weather. Both brought a smile!
    God Bless
    pj

  5. So glad to hear such an upbeat report! We are still limping along, but some day our limping will be over and we will understand. In the meantime, let us keep moving forward at however slow a pace we must crawl! I am also happy to hear that this blog is leading you to other engagements. I have been praying for you for just such results. Congrats and keep up the good work. God is truly working in you!

  6. Wonderful news Les. I continue to pray for you and your family. Your candid depiction of your struggles reminded me of something I have been wanting to ask you. Years ago back when you were a camp director for Gulf Coast Bible Camp a theme was “I am a Friend of God” and I still believe I have an old T-shirt containing that phrase. Do you still call God your friend? Or is he more like a Frenemy (not sure if I spelled it right, but I have heard the term wihch combines the words friend and enemy)? Love to you and yours, Rose

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