There are days when I go running so far ahead of God that I think I know what's best for me.
I am so very wrong.
He knows so much better than I.
New books. New ideas. For the first time in my life I began to understand that this "hidden" world was amazing, and it also revealed to me so much that I had been seeking for as long as I could remember.
We often look forward with anxiety to the time of old age, forgetting that at evening time it shall be light. To many saints, old age is the choicest season in their lives. A warmer breeze fans the sailor's face as he nears the shore of immortality; fewer waves ruffle his sea; quiet reigns, deep, still and solemn. From the altar of age the flashes of the fire of youth are gone, but the deepening flame of sincere feeling remains. The pilgrims have reached the promised land, the happy country, whose days are as the days of heaven upon earth. Angels visit it, celestial gales blow over it, flowers of paradise grow in it, and the air is filled with heavenly music. Some live here for years, and others arrive only a few hours before their departure, but it is an Eden on earth.
- from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright © 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission.
When I finally got a chance to visit Walt Disney World in the early 1990's, EPCOT was just over a decade old. It was a beautiful place to enter - the serene music, the park-like surroundings, the amazing fountain, the various pavilions and their vision of the future - and then the walk toward the international pavilions and the cultures they presented - so wonderful.
And just like a snap of the fingers, the place is thirty-five years old!
And by far the most memorable thing about EPCOT for me was not just finding authentic fish and chips at the British pavilion, but the fireworks show called "Illuminations".
WDW added a short commemoration of EPCOT's 35th Anniversary to the fireworks show. I wish I had been there, but the video is the next best thing...
Each day brings the same challenge: shall I choose to go my own way or will I choose to go the way the Lord directs? Each has its own direction along with its own outcome.
For devotions, I use the YouVersion application on my cell phone. I usually open it and read the selected devotional reading provided for the given day. The other day, the scripture provided was Isaiah 6:3:
"And one cried to another and said
'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory.' "
I have only been a novice video game player. I've owned a couple of game consoles (Atari, Game Boy, NintendoDS, Playstation, etc.) and we've had fun playing games like those Mario racing games and others.
But in 1993 (or soon after), I started reading about this game which relied upon the player to be part of the game - in fact the game revolved around the player being the catalyst of resolving the problems in the game itself.
"[As a believer], you ought not to be afraid of the arrival of bad news; because if you are distressed by such, you are no different from other men. They do not have your God to run to; they have never proved His faithfulness as you have done, and it is no wonder if they are bowed down with alarm and cowed with fear. But you profess to be of another spirit; you have been born again to a living hope, and your heart lives in heaven and not on earthly things. If you are seen to be distracted as other men, what is the value of that grace that you profess to have received? Where is the dignity of that new nature that you claim to possess?
Moreover, unconverted men often run to wrong means in order to escape from difficulties, and you will be sure to do the same if your mind yields to the present pressure. Trust in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. Your wisest course is to do what Moses did at the Red Sea: 'Stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD.' (Exodus 14:13) For if you give way to fear when you hear bad news, you will be unable to meet the trouble with that calm composure that prepares for duty and sustains in adversity."
- Morning and Evening, Charles Spurgeon (updated by Alistair Begg)
I was in the Millenium Hotel that lay at the base of the Towers. My room was about 10 stories off the ground and faced the courtyard between the Towers. I can still remember looking out the window and up and seeing the Towers shrouded in fog one morning so that the tops of the Towers could not be seen.
Seven months later, the Towers would collapse...
Never forget the lives lost so tragically and senselessly.
- Seneca, Letters to a Stoic
Our circumstances are what we make them.
Our song of praise can never be checked unless we rejoice in Circumstances, and in things around us more than in God Himself.
It is to our shame that we are easily wrought upon by shifting Circumstances. How good for us that we have an unchangeable God to rest in!
The natural man is the slave of Circumstances.
Never let me be compelled to say, “I have driven my stakes so deep into the earth that I cannot pull them up; but rather let me so pitch my tent that in a moment I may strike it at the bidding of the Lord. (Numbers 9: 15-23)
All things are working together for good to them that love God; albeit sometimes in the way of chastening and judgment.
If we honor God in the little matters of our daily life, He will prepare great occasions for our faith, and so put honor on the obedience that was little know to any but Himself. Abraham had so dealt with God about all the daily little matters of tent and household, that when the great occasion comes (Genesis 22) the man of faith shines forth.
God orders our steps in our natural state (the guilt of our sins our own) to further us in His service after regeneration. (Galatians 1:15)
It matters little what our Circumstances, if in the spirit of our mind we be before God offering up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to Him by Jesus Christ. To faith all Circumstances are opportunities of pleasing God and serving Christ.
- Robert Chapman, Choice Sayings
(This infographic shows the difference between eclipses.)
So many wonderful captures of the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017. This is one of my favorites.
As the United States prepares to witness the glorious dance of our sun and moon across our skies, I keep thinking how amazing God is showing us His glory and power in such obvious ways. He truly is one true God, and I love Him.
Jesus said to them, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but by me." (John 14:6)
When I was downsizing my library last summer, I made it a point to keep books that had become an important part of my life.
One in particular I kept. It's worn, it's spine is broken, it has loose pages, is dog-eared, and highlighted, and underlined. I did more than just read it. I absorbed it.
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson has been more than just a book. It has been a life-long inspiration.
I turned the corner into the room at the Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC and I'm thinking my jaw must have hit the floor with an impressive thud.
Yeah, I'm sure people are sick of me talking about it. I'm not. (Bill types with a big grin on his face.)
I try and work into my story that I had been working on that dang novel for over 10 years.
And what gave me the idea for the story in the first place?