Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Stranger's Voice

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! Another beautiful day much like yesterday, except the sky is rather hazy  today and there is a good, warm breeze blowing.

Yesterday, as I rounded Lynch Lake, I saw a roseate spoonbill, (my favorite), a woodstork, and moorhens and a couple other water fowl. I am always so excited when I see a spoonbill...their colors are so beautiful, and they are not even aware of it! The peacock may strut his colors and flaunt them with a spread tail, but I think the pink is just beautiful!

I stopped at the weir gate as I was driving out of the park later on, just to watch a huge hawk, sitting on the ground. I looked at him and he cocked his head and looked at me, turning his head and just watching. Don't you know, I totally forgot I had my camera in the van so I didn't get a photo of him! He had fuzzy legs, so when I got home I looked up hawks in the Peterson guidebook, but I am still puzzzled as to what kind of hawk he was. He took off for a nearby tree so I could see a tremendous wingspan. He wasn't very pretty, but he was big! God is good!

From Quiet Moments with God:

When the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: But the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
John 21:4 KJV

Some years ago at a resort area along the East Coast, a small community was having an open town meeting about some financial problems they were facing. Among the two dozen or more in attendance was one man no one recognized--a visitor who had apparently dropped in for the meeting. The discussion focused on the desperate state of the town's coffers and on possible ways to raise funds.

During the discussion, the stranger attempted several times to make a comment about various projects being considered, but each time he was interrupted. Eventually, he quit trying and left the hall.

Just as the unknown visitor exited, someone arriving late came into the hall. Out of breath from hurrying, the latecomer asked," What was he doing here? Is he going to help us?"

The rest asked, "Who are you talking about?"

He said, "You mean you don't know? That was John D. Rockefeller who just left the hall. His yacht is in our harbor. Didn't you get his help?"

In despair someone replied, "No, we didn't get his help. We didn't know who he was."

This true story illustrates two key points:

1. Good manners will always have their rewards and rudeness its price.

2. We may become so busy trying to find the solution to a problem that we drown out the voice of the Master who has all solutions among His vast resources.

When you are faced with a difficult problem, listen first to what Jesus says to you. No other opinion or solutiion can ever yield more positive results than His!

A problem is an opportunity to prove God.
Bertha Munro

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs, Amaryllis