Friday, June 15, 2012

Tightrope Trust

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! Today is a replica of yesterday, except the air is a bit cooler, so it was pleasant when I stepped outside this morning. It felt good! Sunshine, a few clouds and gentle breeze...just great!

I noticed in the park yesterday that all the trees have been planted, but I don't know where. Seems odd that they would be planting more, when so many plants were eliminated when so many workers were laid off last year.  Most of the hydrilla has turned brown from the spraying, and will soon wash away, so most of the water will be visible once again. I haven't seen the gopher turtle since before the heavy rains, so maybe his home got flooded. But I hope he is okay.

My new yard man is coming this morning, and I look forward to that! I think I have the worst looking lawn on the block right now, but it will soon look much better! God is good!

From the devotional book 
Quiet Moments with God

"I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep what I have committed to him until that day."
2 Timothy 1:12 NKJV

In the mid-nineteenth century, tightrope walker Blondin was going to perform his most daring feat yet. He stretched a two-inch steel cable across Niagara Falls. As he did, a large crowd gathered to watch. He asked the onlookers, "How many of you believe that I can carry the weight of a human on my shoulders across this gorge? " 

The growing crowd shouted and cheered, believing that he could perform this difficult feat. Blondin picked up a sack of sand  that weighed about 180 pounds and carried it across the Falls. They both arrived on the other side safely.

Then Blondin asked, "How many of you believe that I can actually carry a person across the gorge?" Again, the crowd cheered him on. 

"Which one of you will climb on my shoulders and let me carry you across the Falls"? Silence fell across the crowd. Everyone wanted to see  him carry a person across the gorge, but nobody wanted to put his or her life into Blondin's hands.

Finally, a volunteer came forward willing to participate in this death-defying stunt. Who was this person? It was Blondin's manager, who had known the tightrope walker personally for many years.

As they prepared to cross the Falls, Blondin instructed his manager, "You must not trust your own feelings, but mine. You will feel like turning when we don't need to turn,. And if you trust your feelings, we will both fall. You must become part of me." The two made it across to the other side safely.

Jesus gives us the same instruction when we are asked to trust Him in difficult circumstances" Don't trust your own feelings' trust me to carry you through."

                      Courage, Brother! Do not stumble though
                           thy path be dark as night. There's
                            a star to guide the humble,
                          Trust in God and do the right.
                                        Norman Macleod

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

Love and hugs,