|Mike on the Hoover Farm, 1949|
|Chuck's Graduation, 1980|
I wish I had a dollar for every time this scripture has come to my mind. There were too many years that I heard these verses, but tried to do things on my own, my way. I grew up in a generation that preached that hard work would bring success. Well, bull hockey!! I worked hard on the farm, sacrificed time with my family, material things, only to discover that farming was not my God given talent, and no matter how hard I worked it was never going to be successful. Only when I fully surrendered to His will was I able to enjoy the gifts that God had instilled in me. Unfortunately, it took 13 years for that to sink in.
1Sa 1:16 Don't for a minute think I'm a bad woman. It's because I'm so desperately unhappy and in such pain that I've stayed here so long."
The flip side of contentment is this little girl we saw in a small village south of Cuenca where we were holding a one day clinic. We heard her wailing from three blocks away, and she was very unhappy that her mother apparently got tired of her fussing and just went on her way. The girl was in no danger, so we also left her to her tantrums. I have no idea how long she sat there but it was obviously a battle of wills. I'm betting mom won out.
Luke 12:37 Lucky the servants whom the master finds on watch! He'll put on an apron, sit them at the table, and serve them a meal, sharing his wedding feast with them.
When in Cuenca, Ecuador, the GHO team stays in a hotel that the owner closes for the week we are there. The dinning room is set up like this with a different decor and colors every meal. It has always reminded me of the wedding feast we will enjoy in heaven when Christ and his church are reunited.