DayBreaks for 4/08/14 – His Hand On the Rose

DayBreaks for 4/08/14 – His Hand on the Rose

“A new young pastor was walking with an older, more seasoned pastor in the garden one day. Feeling a bit insecure about what God had for him to do, he was asking the older pastor for some advice.

“The older pastor walked up to a rosebush and handed the young preacher a rosebud and told him to open it without tearing off any petals.

“The young preacher looked in disbelief at the older pastor and was trying to figure out what a rosebud could possibly have to do with his wanting to know the will of God for his life and ministry.

“But because of his great respect for the older pastor, he proceeded to try to unfold the rose, while keeping every petal intact.

“It wasn’t long before he realized how impossible this was to do.

“Noticing the younger preacher’s inability to unfold the rosebud without tearing it, the older pastor began to recite the following poem…

“It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of God’s design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.”

“The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I.
GOD opens this flower so easily,
But in my hands they die.”

“If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God’s design,
Then how can I have the wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?”

“So I’ll trust in God for leading
Each moment of my day.
I will look to God for guidance
In each step of the way.”

“The path that lies before me,
Only my Lord knows.
I’ll trust God to unfold the moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose.” – Author Unknown

We struggle to let God’s plan for our life unfold and in our efforts to unfold it ourselves, we can cause pain and loss.  God knows we are not wise enough to direct the pathway to the future and He only asks that we trust Him to show us the pathway at the right time…and then have the wisdom to choose the right path.

Psalm 59:9 (KJV)  Because of His strength will I wait upon Thee: for God is my defense.

PRAYER: I thank you for your gentle hand in opening the rose and in directing the future for my life!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 06/09/11 – Off Course

DayBreaks for 06/09/11 – Off Course

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. – Psalm 119:105

Franklin Villca Huanaco was trying to reach Cochabamba where his mother had recently served a 3½-year prison sentence for drugs offences.

The boy hid in a container roughly the length of a body among the truck’s wheels, thinking it was heading to the Bolivian city 70 miles away. Its real destination was Iquique in northern Chile. The driver was unaware of the stowaway.

“I wanted to see my mother,” the boy told Chilean state television.

Authorities said the boy was lucky to survive the two-day journey without food or water while crossing Bolivia’s Andean altiplano, where temperatures at night can fall below freezing. He was only wearing pants, a shirt and ragged shoes.

A woman later found the boy wandering the impoverished streets of Alto Hospicio township, which neighbours Iquique, and took him to her home.  The boy is currently staying with the woman’s family. He is to be returned to his mother by a Bolivian official.

Huanaco’s parents were separated, and he had been living with his father and four siblings in their house in Oruro, Bolivia.  His mother, Zenobia Huanaco, was released from prison a month ago and had been working in the countryside outside of Cochabamba.

The courage of this boy is admirable.  His sense of direction is less admirable.  It made me consider how we may sometimes do something courageous, but wind up off-course nonetheless.  It happens oftentimes without intent – but it happens anyway.  Great intentions are not the same as good directions.

Read the right road map – and stay the course!

PRAYER: Lord, we have such a knack for getting on the wrong pathway!  Stand beside us and guide us in the way everlasting!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 5/11/11 – Walking Straight

DayBreaks for 05/11/11 – Walking Straight

He leads in straight paths...

I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. – Proverbs 4:11-12

Have you ever intentionally set out to walk in a straight line?  For some reason, human beings struggle to do it.  There’s just something about our orientation that causes us to walk in a crooked or warped way. That’s the conclusion of Robert Krulwich, a science correspondent for NPR. In an interview on Morning Edition, Krulwich noted a study done by one Souman, a scientist from Germany, who blindfolded his subjects and then asked them to walk for an hour in a straight line. Without exception, people couldn’t do it. Of course everybody thinks they’re walking in a straight line, until they remove the blindfolds and sees their crooked path.  I don’t know why it is, but we can’t do it.  Perhaps it’s because something is wrong with our sense of balance, or because one side of our body is slightly stronger than the other and we push off harder with that foot, causing us to go slightly crooked with each step.

Krulwich observed, “This tendency has been studied now for at least a century. We animated field tests from the 1920s, so you can literally see what happens to men who are blindfolded and told to walk across a field in a straight line, or swim across a lake in a straight line …, and they couldn’t. In the animation, you see them going in these strange loop-de-loops in either direction. Apparently, there’s a profound inability in humans to [walk] straight.”

This has obvious parallels to our spiritual ability to walk in a straight line, too.  But here’s the really interesting part: according to the research, the only one way we can walk in a straight line is not by focusing on our feet, but by focusing on something ahead of us – a building, landmark, or mountain. As long as we can keep our eyes on something ahead of us, we can make ourselves avoid our normal crooked course.  Kurlwich conclusion is simply that, “Without external cues, there’s apparently something in us that makes us turn [from a straight path].” – Steve Inskeep, “Mystery: Why We Can’t Walk Straight?” NPR: Morning Edition (11-22-10)

We don’t have that great of vision to allow us to see where our footsteps, as crooked as they are, will lead us.  Whenever we trust in our own vision to arrive at a destination (holiness, goodness, righteousness, etc.), we will go wrong.  That’s why God said in our verse today that “I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.”  Only God has that kind of vision to see the goal.  We must let Him guide and lead us.  Left to our own, we’ll only walk in circles!

PRAYER: Lead us in straight paths, O Lord, and guide us in the way that is everlasting!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 4/28/11 – A Step Beyond the Range of Light

DayBreaks for 04/28/11 – A Step Beyond the Range of Light

Walking in the light, trusting Him in the darkness...

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. – Psalm 119:105 

In the 14th century, a French monk told an allegory about a donkey who was confronted with two equally desirable, attractive and delicious bales of hay.  The animal stares, hesitates, stares some more…and eventually starves because it couldn’t come up with any logical justification for eating one bale of hay instead of the other.

On the surface the story is entertaining, but it holds very real meaning for believers.  For faith to even exists, there must be an element of risk.  If something is certain, no faith is required.  For example, if you are certain that when you jump up off the ground you will not drift off into the deep freeze of space, you can jump in full faith/certainty that you’ll come down again.  But if it were a 50/50 proposition, would anyone ever jump up?  We have faith in the law of gravity.

Some things in life are nowhere near as certain (at least on the surface) as the Law of Gravity.  There are those who struggle with making a decision about whether to believe or not.  It becomes much like the dilemma faced by the donkey – they just don’t have enough certainty to move towards faith, or away from it.  That middle ground is the most dangerous place to be because there is no passion in the relationship with God…it has become an intellectual dilemma and nothing more.  Faith that is seen as a puzzle to be solved is not biblical faith.

Philip Yancey suggests that “Faith means striking out, with no clear end in sight and perhaps even no clear view of the next step.  It means following, trusting, holding out a hand to an invisible Guide.  …faith is reason gone courageous – not the opposite of reason, to be sure, but something more than reason and never satisfied by reason alone.  A step always remains beyond the range of light.”

Are you venturing beyond the range of light?  If you wait for certainty, you will never have it.  Those who come to Him must believe He is the rewarder of those who seek Him…a premise accepted on faith, for there is little in this world to prove the nature of the reward.  That proof remains to be seen…but today can be glimpsed only through seeing beyond the range of light visible to human eye.

PRAYER: Let us leap into Your arms in faith and not hesitate simply because we are not certain of things we cannot see!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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