Lanterns?


My friend, may I ask you a question? When it comes to grasping the opportunities that God puts before us, are we on top of our spiritual lives? Is God often so close to us that we miss the opportunity he gives us because we hesitate to grab on at the right time?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

Many years ago I was crossing a stream with a bunch of my buddies. It was spring and the water was high and fast. To get to the other side we had tied a rope to an overhanging tree limb. First guy across had to snag the limb with a branch, pull it toward him, grab the rope and swing across. Then, when on the other side, the rope would be tossed back and grabbed. Last in line, I waited my turn until at last the rope was swung my way. I missed at my first grab and noticed that with each arc, the rope swung farther away from me. Hesitate again, and I would miss my grab altogether and end up in the water. The old adage, “He who hesitates is lost!” flashed through my mind as I lunged for my last chance at swinging.

Our spiritual lives are often like that when it comes to grasping the opportunities that God puts before us. Often he is closer to us than ever and we miss the opportunity because we hesitate to grab on at the right time.

Here’s a Story: A merchant ship, lost in a storm, burst a leak and began to sink. The crew launched the lifeboat into a night that was dark with rough seas. After a while, they saw the lights of an approaching steamer; but how could they signal it? They made search in the boat, and found a battered lantern with an inch or two of candle in it. Then they tried to find a match. Every man felt in his pockets, but in vain. The captain pleaded that they search again, and at last, one match was produced. The man who found it handed it to the mate; the mate passed it to another officer, and he gave it to the captain. The sailors clustered round him, holding out their jackets to keep off the wind. The captain said he had faced many a difficulty and danger, but had never felt such responsibility as at that moment when he had to strike the match, but he did it. The lantern was lighted, and when it was waved the ship saw the signal, altered its course, and picked them up. (Henry Drummond)

Now, what gave such value to that match? It was the only one. Think about it. Our lives are the only ones in this world that belong to us. Misdirected, so as to cause your soul to be lost, you don’t have another living opportunity to correct the error.

We pray. Heavenly Father, how I thank and praise you for the everlasting life that you have given us by your wonderful grace and love. May we grow day by day to be more like you, full of compassion and kindness. Saturate our hearts with your love so that I may love you more with every passing breath - our Jesus. We ask that we may devote our time and hearts to reflect on all you are and all You have done for me –so that you are magnified more and more in our lives– so that the beauty of our Lord Jesus may be seen and reflected in us .In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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