Archive for October, 2011

Party Pooper

True story:

Lizabee: “Why is it called a ‘party pooper’?”

“I don’t know.”

“Oh, I know! Because a man was at a party and he was like, “I hate parties. I know! I’ll go sit on the pot.”

What a crazy child

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When we go through trials in our lives we often wonder why these things happen, and why us.

“Why me, O Lord, why me?”

We can search the Bible, we can turn to God in prayer, we can talk to our pastor or close friends. We can ask, “What purpose does this hardship serve?” But sometimes, we aren’t told what we want to hear.

“This hardship will, in a way that we cannot understand, ultimately bring glory to God.”

Well yes, I know that, but it brings up other questions: “How does it bring glory to God? Couldn’t he have chosen some other way?”

Yes, he could have. And why he didn’t, we will never know. In this life at least.

This is God’s will. It may take days, weeks, months, or even years to accept it, but it is still His perfect and holy will.

And then one evening you’re in the kitchen cleaning the supper dishes with pandora playing in the background. When the next song starts up you stop scrubbing the pot and stare out the window. You can’t believe what you’ve just heard. A song you’ve listened to countless times suddenly takes on new meaning.

“When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.”

(But I’m a good old Protestant so I humbly suggest we insert ‘The Holy Ghost’ in place of ‘Mother Mary’)

“For though they may be parted
There is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be.”

There will be answers in Heaven. And let me tell ya, I’ve got a lot of questions. But because I know that there will be answers later, I can trust God’s plan for my life right now. I can let go of everything I’ve been carrying with me for so long and just let it be. It’s the most encouraging piece of news I’ve heard in a long, long time.

I don’t know, maybe the Beatles had an entirely different interpretation of this song. But for me, it means I can listen to the whispered words of wisdom, and let it be.

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Let us take heed that we pray for others also. Let us beware of selfish prayers – the prayers which are wholly taken up with our own affairs, and in which there is no place for other souls beside our own. Let us name all whom we love before God continually. Let us pray for all – the worst, the hardest, and the most unbelieving. Let us continue praying for them year after year, in spite of their continued unbelief. God’s time of mercy may be a distant one. Our eyes may not see an answer to our intercession. The answer may not come for ten, fifteen, or twenty years. It may not come until we have exchanged prayer for praise, and are far away from this world. But while we live, let us pray for others. The greatest kindness we can do to anyone is to speak for them to our Lord Jesus Christ. The day of judgment will show that one of the greatest links in drawing some souls to God, has been the intercessory prayer of friends.

~ J.C. Ryle

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