May 2008

The Road of Life

Story of the day:  The Road of Life by Tim Hansel

   “At first, I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited Heaven or hell when I die.  He was out there sort of like a president.

   But later on when I met Christ, it seemed as though life were rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me pedal.

   I don’t know just when it was that He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since.  When I had control, I knew the way.  It was rather boring, but predictable….It was the shortest distance between two points.

   But when He took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places at breakneck speeds, it was all I could do to hang on!  Even though it looked like madness, He said, “Pedal!”

   I worried and was anxious and asked, “Where are you taking me?”  He laughed and didn’t answer, and I started to learn to trust.

   I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure.  And when I’d say, “I’m scared,” He’d lean back and touch my hand.

   He took me to people with gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance and joy.  They gave me gifts to take on my journey, my Lord’s and mine.

   And we were off again.  He said, “Give the gifts away; they’re extra baggage, too much weight.”  So I did, to the people we met, and I found that in giving I received, and still our burden was light.

   I did not trust Him, at first, in control of my life.  I thought He’d wreck it; but He knows bike secrets, knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners, knows how to jump to clear high rocks, knows how to fly to shorten scary passages.

   And I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places, and I’m beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ.

   And when I’m sure I just can’t do any more, He just smiles and says, “Pedal.”

Quote of the day:  E. Stanley Jones

“Jesus is not a strong man making men and women who gather around Him weak.  He is the Strong creating the strong.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 37:3

“Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I trust in You Lord and for all the things that You are going to bring forward into my life.  Father, may I find rest in You in this day as I trust that the things that I have been praying for will be answered when the time is right.  I pray that You guard my ways in all that I do and that as I lean upon You as my Rock and Shield that You protect me from things that aren’t pleasing to You.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

February 2008

Well of Life

Story of the day:  Well of Life

    Here’s a little something to ponder on today.  Do you truly think the people in history really existed? Let me put it another way, how do you know George Washington existed and was the first President of the United States?  We believe these things because we have written documentation that tells us he was.  We didn’t actually know George Washington, yet everything within us tells us we do and that he truly existed.  We have faith in the History books to know it is true.  If that’s the case and we have no problems believing this is true, then why do people have such a hard time believing Scripture?  It too is written documentation that tells us what all went down many many years ago.  But people are so funny that way, they need proof, like some sort of miracle to be presented before them before they actually agree with what the Bible says instead of believing just out of faith.  If their are no results and the results aren’t meeting people’s expectations, then they tend to steer clear from them.  God has given us instructions in His Word and we are to follow them and live by the examples that are placed within them.  Faith is more than just the reading of the Word, it is truly relying on it as a communication tool from God to you.   I came across a story that I found very interesting written from the book titled Living above the Level of Mediocrity, and was written by Charles Swindoll.

    He says, “Legend has it that a man was lost in the desert, just dying for a drink of water.  He stumbled upon an old shack-a ramshackled, windowless, roofless, weather-beaten old shack.  He looked about this place and found a little shade from the heat of the desert sun.  As he glanced around he saw a pump about fifteen feet away-an old, rusty water pump.  He stumbled over to it, grabbed the handle, and began to pump up and down, up and down.  Nothing came out.

    Disappointed, he staggered back.  He noticed off to the side an old jug.  He looked at it, wiped away the dirt and dust, and read a message that said, “You have to prime the pump with all the water in this jug, my friend.  P.S.:  Be sure you fill the jug again before you leave.”

    He popped the cork out of the jug and sure enough, it was almost full of water!  Suddenly, he was faced with a decision.  If he drank the water, he could live.  Ah, but if he poured all the water in the old rusty pump, maybe it would yield fresh, cool water from down deep in the well, all the water he wanted.

    He studied the possibility of both options.  What should he do, pour it into the old pump and take a chance on fresh, cool water or drink what was in the old jug and ignore its message?  Should he waste all the water on the hopes of those flimsy instructions written, no telling how long ago?

    Reluctantly he poured all the water into the pump.  Then he grabbed the handle and began to pump, squeak, squeak, squeak.  Still nothing came out!  Squeak, Squeak, Squeak.  A little bit began to dribble out, then a small stream, and finally it gushed!  To his relief, cool water poured out of the rusty pump.  Eagerly, he filled the jug and drank from it.  He filled it another time and once again drank its refreshing contents.

    Then he filled the jug for the next traveler.  He filled it to the top, popped the cork back on, and added this little note:  “Believe me, it really works.  You have to give it all away before you can get anything back.”

    So the next time you come across your water well and are thirsty for the knowledge that God has set before us written in His Word, maybe you too will follow the instructions that are written within it. Once you do, Your cup will begin to overflow with the Well of Life, just like what was written in this little legend up above,  and just as the traveler did, be sure to share what was given to You with others, that they too maybe able to drink from the Well of Life.

Quote of the day:  Helen Keller

“Life is either a daring experience or nothing at all.”

Bible verse of the day:  John 4:10

“Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you the living water.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You so very much for Your living water.  I thank You that You always supply my needs and are always willing to keep my well full.  God, it is my faith in You that is so very strong and continues to move me forward with the plan that You have set before me.  I pray for continued guidance and wisdom from Your Word to show me the things that You are teaching me.  God, I continually learn something new from Scripture everyday, and that is why it is called Your Living Word.  You are alive in Me and Your desire and love for me is so much greater than I can fathom.  I thank You for my life, for the living water that You have given to me for drink and for Your never-ending Love that moves me continuously. I thank You for this day.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen