Archive for July 2014

“Things Aren’t Always As They Seem”

July 18, 2014

“For the word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all he does.”–Psalm 33:4

This is supposedly a true story.

A flight from Melbourne to Brisbane, was unexpectedly diverted to Sydney.

The flight attendant explained there would be a delay of almost an hour, and if the passengers wanted to get off the aircraft the plane, they could re-board at the appointed time.

Everybody got off the plane except one lady who was blind. She sat quietly while her Seeing Eye Dog continued to lay quietly underneath the seats in front of her- as he had throughout the entire flight.

The pilot approached her, and said, ‘Ma’am, we are in Sydney for almost an hour. Would you like to get off and stretch your legs?’

The blind lady replied, ‘No thanks, but maybe my dog Max would like to stretch his legs.’ And the pilot obliged.

The people in the gate area came to a complete standstill when they looked up and saw the pilot walk off the plane with a Seeing Eye dog!

The pilot was even wearing sunglasses.
People scattered.
They not only tried to change planes, but they were trying to change airlines!

This is a good reminder that things aren’t always as they seem. Our efforts may have appeared to fail. Our worth may seem small. Some people may seem to be winning when, in fact, they are losing.

We judge by what we see on the outside. Too often, we use the world’s standard of measure for success or failure.  God judges by the eternal, He sees what we cannot.

So, don’t lose heart and don’t grow weary.

My prayer for us this week is for a greater ability to trust God in those things we cannot see.

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“Help for the Hurting”

July 3, 2014

“In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From His temple He heard my voice, and my cry to Him reached His ears.”–Psalm 18:6
I knew a boy once who had been hurt very deeply. His pain was intense and his emotions were raw. He was in tears as he told his dad how unfair life was and because of the pain inside he said some pretty harsh things.
When he was finished, his dad hugged him tight and shed tears with him.
There are a lot of folks who read this each week who are hurting. There are others who may not read this who are our friends and family.
For those of you who live outside Onslow County, the Law Enforcement Family here has lost two of our own this week and the pain is real and the hurt is pretty bad right now. There are others hurting for various reasons all around us.
But God is real and we can go before Him and pour ourselves out before Him. We may say some harsh things in the pain, but He loves us and when we are done He will embrace us and comfort us as our loving Heavenly Father.
Have a safe Independence Day/Hurricane Arthur weekend!
My prayer for us this week is for comfort for those who hurt.