Friday, March 19, 2010

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

 This picture tells a wonderful story. I asked my aunt what my Granddad was reading while sitting under a peach tree in the yard; she replied “his Bible”. She said she had seen him do this so often, sitting out under a shade tree alone reading the Bible. It humbled me that he would choose his Bible  to relax and spend time reading. I thought of the many hours I have wasted watching the television, playing on a computer or reading a book
She recalled when he was saved. My grandmother had been very sick with typhoid fever. He had decided to start going to church because so many people had been praying for them. When an invitation was given at the end of services, whoever had been praying for you would go and stand beside you with their arm around you and pray.  (that would get your attention) During  one revival, there was suddenly shouting and praises. She looked over to where her daddy was sitting and realized everyone was rejoicing because her daddy had just got saved. The whole church was so excited because they had been praying for so long. After he was saved,  he worked and served in a church the rest of his life. 
In our lives we often wonder how something good could come out of sickness and death. But we can’t see the whole picture like our Lord does. We may never know certain reasons why a disaster has happen till we get to Heaven. His Word tells us His ways and thoughts are higher than ours. Perhaps if my grandmother had not been sick, they might not have seen the need to go to church and become Christians. Instead they saw God’s love demonstrated to them by the community around them.  Once they became Christians, they taught their daughters to love the Lord. Their daughter taught me. I taught mine and she is teaching hers. 

"Future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim His righteousness to a people yet unborn." Ps. 22:30b-31

"But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations." Psalm 33:11

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