(08.30.21– Just Plain Peace –Psalm 103:1-5)
My friend, may I ask you a question? When you think about it, life is full of equalizers. Isn’t it amazing that even a little fish can you pause to change gears, slow down and put life into perspective?
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I'm M. Clifford Brunner.
Equalizers. Life if full of them but we often are either not aware of them or, perhaps, we ignore them. For example, I was recently zipping down old Highway D several miles from home. I had the old Corvair cranked up and going a bit faster than the posted speed limit allowed. A guy came from the other direction with his headlights flashing and I knew immediately that there was a speed trap ahead. I slowed down and there he was, parked in a church parking lot around a bend in the highway. I would have been caught for sure and probably fined. I felt a sigh of relief pass through me. That was close! Then I began to feel lucky, you know, a little bit elated about in a way cheating the sheriff of his due, and, after that, a bit cocky. That's when the bald tire on the left rear axle decided it was time to bring this little trip to a halt and bring me back to reality. It blew and I had a nasty, dirty job ahead of me. Equalizers. It seems that God's timing is perfect when it comes to them.
When you think about it, life is full of equalizers. Many are small and, perhaps, even insignificant. But they give you pause to change gears, slow down and put life into perspective.
Here's a thought from the late President Herbert Hoover: Hoover was an ardent fisherman and whenever White House duties allowed, you could find him fishing. He wrote: "To go fishing is the chance to wash one's soul with pure air, with the rush of the brook, or with the shimmer of sun on blue water. Fishing is the great equalizer. It brings meekness and inspiration from the decency of nature, charity toward tackle-makers, patience toward fish, a mockery of profits and egos, a quieting of hate, a rejoicing that you don't have to decide a darned thing until next week. And it's discipline in the equality of men – for all men are equal before fish, this insignificant little fish." (Herbert Hoover)
Thank the LORD for equalizers. They bring us back to earth when we are flying too high. They lift us up when we are burdened down with loads we were never meant to carry in the first place. The Psalmist writes: "Praise the Lord . . . who satisfies your desires with good things . . ." (Psalm 103: 5). Sometimes those "good things" are large blessings: a new job or find- ing that special mate to spend the rest of your life with. But often those "good things" are little, unexpected things like a fish biting at your hook or, yes, even a flat tire. God sends his blessings, large and small, when he deems it best for us to have them. How burdensome and boring life would be without them; especially the little equalizers that touch us on the shoulder, reminding us to slow down and seek a pace that better leads to a life of contentment, safe harbor and peace.
We pray. Heavenly Father, there are so many good things in life we are thankful for, such large blessings, like a new job or finding that special mate to spend the rest of our life with. But often those "good things" are little, unexpected things like a fish biting at our hook or, yes, even a flat tire every now and then. You send your blessings, large and small, when you deem it best for us to have them. How burdensome and boring life would be without them; especially the little equalizers that touch us on the shoulder, reminding us to slow down and seek a pace that better leads to a life of contentment, safe harbor and peace. 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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