How do You Know?

 

When I deliver a message and no one responds to the Gospel, I feel quite let down.

My friend sent me this letter in response to my woes.
As for your last paragraph: What I say is that I am the farmer – I plant the seed – God brings the increase.

Not everybody shares what is going on in their mind after a meeting – you don’t know this side of heaven.

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Can you guess What this is?

‘The white man wore a woman’s skirt made of funny colors. He grew whiskers out of his belt and carried a black swan with lots of legs and ribbons on it. He held the swan upside down, put the swan’s head in his mouth and bit hard. He also pinched its neck and squeezed its body until it screeched. (Unknown)

celebrate life

I was delighted to get the call with my friend’s chipper voice on the other end of the line. She didn’t even say hello. She just cried out,  “It’s time for cheesecake!” And my answer was quick and to the point. “Time and place please!”

It started years ago over lunch. We’d shared a nice sandwich and we weren’t truly hungry, but as women often do, we discussed the possibility of dessert. Then she began to tell me the story of her breast cancer scare.

“That does it,” I exclaimed. “It’s time for cheesecake!”  I rushed to the counter and brought back two large pieces. (People should never share a slice of cheesecake; but enjoy a full slice each!) Her story ended well, but still, every now and again, we eat cheesecake together.

What do you do to celebrate life?

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10, NIV)

I am convinced that Jesus loves cheesecake.

Prayer- Thanks, God, for special treats that celebrate your goodness.  Amen

Toasted

I put a slice of bread into the toaster, as usual. It seemed to take a long time to cook. Finally, I left my eggs to their own devices and checked out the toaster.  I couldn’t find either bread or toast. It took a while but it eventually showed up under a kitchen chair.

That toaster had spewed the toast several feet away. Because it landed on the floor, I threw it out. By now the eggs were overdone and my coffee cold.. This scenario repeated itself for a few days, until I finally figured out that the bread I used was too light for the springs of the toaster.

How are we doing in the toaster? When the crisis of living hits us do we spring out of  the heat it as soon as possible? Find ways to manipulate the circumstances to our own liking? Tell a tall tale or two? Run to the nearest gossip to share our problem? All of these get us out of the heat all right but they land us in a place where we are of no use to anyone, not even ourselves.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Ephesians 6:13, KJV)

Prayer – Lord, we know the right thing to do. Help us do it for our own self-respect and most of all, for you. Amen

Serious Grief

God’s Message came to me: “Son of man, I’m about to take from you the delight of your life—a real blow, I know. But, please, no tears. Keep your grief to yourself. No public mourning. Get dressed as usual and go about your work—none of the usual funeral rituals.”I preached to the people in the morning. That evening my wife died. The next morning I did as I’d been told. (Ezekiel 24:15-17, MSG)

And every time I read it, I ask myself these questions. Do I have that kind of obedience in me? Why/ why not? Why do I prolong my personal pain by neglecting God’s words to me?

And then I pray something like this.

Prayer – Lord God, Father of the entire universe, oh Lord God, help me to be as obedient as Ezekiel… because I want to serve you wholeheartedly, more than anything in the world. Help me to live that way, dear God.  For Christ, who did. Amen