Have you ever seen those little booklets that tell you everything that happened in a particular year? It’s fun to browse through the one that highlights the events that took place in the year of one’s birth. They sell them at a certain restaurant in town. I will not endorse that restaurant here, but I love their biscuits and rocking chairs.

If you turn 89 in 2018, there’s an excellent chance you were born in 1929. Of course, 1929 is best known for the crash of the Stock Market, which ushered in the Great Depression.

But other things, really good things, happened in 1929. That was the year the Grand Tetons became a national park. The Vatican City became a sovereign State. New York’s Museum of Modern Art opened to the public. And Al Capone cleaned up the streets of Chicago with the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

Here’s the point. In bad times, God is there. When we see the negative, God shows up. Do you think you’re having a bad year? I suggest you aren’t qualified to make that judgment. King David said it like this: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4).

Dog at the Hotel

A man wrote a letter to a small hotel in a Midwest town he planned to visit on his vacation. He wrote, “I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well-groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?”

An immediate reply came from the owner of the hotel. “I’ve been operating this hotel for 25 years. In all that time, I’ve never had a dog steal towels, bed clothes, or silverware. I’ve never had a dog remove a picture from the wall. I’ve never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. And I’ve never had a dog run out on paying his bill. Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel. And if your dog will vouch for you, you are welcome to stay here, as well.”

I have traveled with my dog many times. We’ve stayed in hotels together. All she needs to be happy is to walk with her master at night, sleep with her master, and awaken to her master the next day.

It’s really too bad that people aren’t as smart as dogs. Learn to find joy by walking with your Master throughout today. I love the way the Bible says it. “Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away” (Genesis 5:24).