To Believe

A quote from an article by Tom Wacaster - "We cannot see heaven with the physical eye; but then Abraham did not see that "city which hath the foundations, whose builder and maker is God" (Heb. 11:10) with the physical eye. It has been said, 'Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.' "

Storms and Stormy weather

Life's storms can bring chaos to a person -  by physical experience or by mental anguish.   But I don't find it so strange that the awesomeness of the power  of nature can appear as beautiful as the aesthetic beauty of nature.

The more experiences we have the more opportunities we have to observe nature's ways, 

  But I suppose there are those in this world that would give you an odd side glance.   At least, I have found this to be so.  I'm not certain why either, but I find that comfort comes in the knowing and understanding of all the workings of God's universe, its purpose and its course,  If you know and understand, then there is no fear; just like where there is love, there is no fear.   It's like a feeling you are going to have to walk a stormy road, but God will be with you to guide you and get you through what's happening.

  I have seen it said over and over, the saying "God is in control".   Maybe that doesn't make a lot of sense either, because we are given the right to make our own choices, whether those choices are good or bad.

Understanding Forgiveness
19 Dec 2009

by Mary Esther Wacaster
What is forgiveness like? Well, here is a little parable that might help us understand, but now that I have it written down, it doesn’t seem so striking as it did when my head lay upon my pillow.
A woman put wood into her iron stove to heat the house. Her little four year old, being warmed and comfortable, began playing close to the stove. The woman warned him not to touch the hot stove, but he kept playing and getting dangerously close. After warning him the second time, she scolded him and told him he must obey her. Forgetting again, he got too close, tripped and a hand fell upon the hot stove.
Now he had done it! and an angry mother was coming toward him, yet weeping as she came. Was he going to be spanked and scolded? He knew he had disobeyed and that was a no-no. Crying not only from the pain, but from feeling guilty, he kept saying “I’m sorry! Won’t do it again!”
The woman picked him up, but was gentle, and said that it would be all-right, but that she had told him and that he disobeyed, and that maybe now he would listen to her. But she was tender in her care of the hand until it healed completely; still, he had to suffer the consequences of the pain.
That is the feeling of true forgiveness. Parallel it to God and man in the Garden of Eden. After Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s warnings, God expelled them from the Garden. He was angry and hurt, but hoped that now man would listen to Him; yet He was tender in His care until He could call man back to be healed completely.