Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Staying in the Sunlight


The words of the Lord are the seed sown by the sower. Into our hearts they must fall that they may grow. Meditation and prayer water them, and obedience keep them in the sunlight. Thus they will bear fruit for the Lord’s gathering.” (from ‘Life Essential’ by George Mac Donald) Once again I am struck by the need for obedience – without it the words planted become mere memories. Lord, help me to follow through with obedience – not just some of the time but all the time. Amen.

Monday, October 12, 2009

For All Seasons

Here in Michigan the seasons change frequently - more than four times a year. Sometimes they change back and forth within the cycle of a season. Sometimes it's sunny and then it's cloudy; sometimes it's warm and then it's cold; sometimes it's dry and then it's wet. Sometimes it's October and the forecast calls for snow. One thing I've learned while living most of my life in Michigan is that it does no good to complain. In fact, it's best if I can learn to find enjoyment in each as it comes.

Similarly, the seasons of life change frequently as well. And there is no pattern or forecast to follow. The seasons come and go as they will. And as with Michigan weather, I'm learning that it does no good to complain. I cannot say that I need to find the joy in each season of life - sometimes there is little - but I am learning to reamin less affected by each. Someone wrote, "When you can reckon the sound of abundant rain and the hot blowing of a dry spell exactly the same, then you will be nearing the land of maturity."

Lord, help me grow into a man for all seasons.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Overflow

PRINCIPLE: “When you need paper towels, thank God for the overflow.”

It happened again a few weeks ago. I was pouring from a pitcher into my drinking glass and wasn’t paying attention - and before I knew it the overflow was on the countertop. So I grabbed a ‘quick picker upper’ and wiped it up. I then gave myself the usual brow beating for being so careless.

It’s amazing how God works. Since then I have been preparing messages on blessings and giving, and have been making the presentations for the campaign group meetings. My personal focus has been Malachi 3 and 2 Corinthians 8 & 9. The both deal with abundance and overflow of blessings. Today my mind returned to my recent brow beating exercise – and I realized that rather than berate myself I should have stopped and offered a prayer of thanksgiving. After all, I had enough supply of drink that I had more than enough, more than I needed; I had an excess. It should have reminded me of the many times God’s rich abundance has overflowed in my life. Thus the principle, “When you need paper towels, thank God for the overflow.”

As I ponder this I am taken back to my files to retrieve the following poem.

I’ve never made a fortune
And I’ll never make one now,
But it really doesn’t matter
Cause I’m happy anyhow.

As I go along my journey
I’m reaping better than I sow.
I’m drinking from the saucer
Cause my cup has overflowed.

I don’t have a lot of riches
And sometimes the going’s tough,
But when I’ve got my kids to love me
I think I’m rich enough.

I’ll just thank God for the blessings
That his mercy has bestowed,
I’m drinking from the saucer
Cause my cup has overflowed.

If you give me strength and courage
When the way grows steep and rough
I’ll not ask for other blessings,
I’m already blessed enough.

May I never be too busy
To help another with his load,
Then I’ll be drinking from the saucer
Cause my cup has overflowed.

“When you need paper towels, thank God for the overflow.”