This old man and me, were at the bar and we
were having us some beers and swapping I don't cares
Talking politics, blonde and red-head chicks
Old dogs and new tricks and habits we ain't kicked
We talked about Gods grace and all the hell we raised
Then I heard the ol' man say;God is great, beer is good and people are crazy
He said "I fought two wars,Been married and divorced"
What brings you to Ohio?He said "Damned if I know"
We talked an hour or two about every girl we knew
What all we put them through
Like two old boys will do
We pondered life and death
He lit a cigarette
He said "These damn things will kill me yet;
But God is great, beer is good and people are crazy"
Last call at 2am I said goodbye to him I never talked to him again
Then one sunny day, I saw the old mans face
Front page Obituary, he was a millionare
he left his fortune to some guy he barely knew,
his kids were mad as hell
But me, I'm doing well
And I dropped by today, to just say thanks and pray,
I left a six-pack right there on his grave and I said:
God is great,beer is good, and people are crazy.
That's such a funny song. My daughter loves it because it's "Christian" music, and she thinks it's funny that someone other than me likes beer.
I heard this song yesterday on the radio as I was driving in the beautiful fall weather, and I just thought, yeah, that's so very true. We've been talking in Bible Study about revelation and the different ways that God reveals himself to us, one being nature. And while it doesn't give you a personal relationship with God, so to speak, the beauty of nature, especially this time of year, always hits me hard again. I look at the mountains, the leaves, the pumpkins, and feel the cool breeze on a sunny day, and think again that God has made such a perfect creation for us to enjoy.
Then, when I watch my beloved Hokies play on Saturdays, usually enjoying a beer or two (or three, but whatever, right? It's a long game.) I remember what a perfect season autumn really is. Rarely does a cool beer taste better. And while I'm long beyond my party days, I don't care, because I now savor the taste and enjoy the moment.
And you know what? A lot of people really are crazy. But I don't worry about them. I can't worry about them or how they affect me. I know now that worry and fretting are merely a waste of time. I find myself repeating this verse so often that it's become my sort of mantra: "For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future". (Jeremiah 29:11) I can only praise God and thank Him for helping me to understand that all the worry in the world will not change anything, and that all I really need worry about is keeping my eyes heavenward, and my faith constant. I just need to soak in the beauty of nature, enjoy the good things in life, the good food, the good friends, the hobbies that bring us joy, and TRUST. Trust that the Lord is there for me, not just when I'm doing well, but when I'm stressing out. Trust that the Lord will help to guide me through all patches of my life.
So, I'll continue to enjoy the gorgeous fall atmosphere, write my football blog, enjoy an afternoon of snacks, beer and football, and be thankful that God is with me.