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In God We Trust
by Stephen A. Peterson
02/06/12
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In God We Trust

Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock

--Isaiah 26: 4 (NLT)


Margo Klaus, a recent college graduate, was offered and accepted a fellowship to research nutritional variables in the Philippines. During her stay in far Northwest island of Luzon, Margo became friends with her host Filipino family as well as their neighbors. A week before she was to return to the United States, her host insisted she take some of the local rice home with her.

Margo, with the aid of several villagers, trekked across the many miles of terraces to harvest the rice. It turned out to be an adventure for her. Although she had been with the families, Margo had yet to experience the trek up a high terrace. She was terrorized when she saw a large snake move down a terrace. No one had told her there were not snakes in the area nor did she ever see one until that moment. A villager noticed Margo’s reaction. “You’ll be okay Miss. We’ve planted and harvested on these terraces many, many times. The snakes don’t really bother us. They’re out looking for food. We’re not their food. They like mice and worms not people.” The words of encouragement helped a little. Margo was still very nervous but knew she had to trust her friends.

Margo and the villagers harvested two 25 pounds bags of rice that she immediately sent home to the United States before she left. Margo learned a great deal about nutrition in the Philippines and more importantly a greater trust in God Who is in control whether she was on the terraces of the Philippines or on the plains of Oklahoma.


Prayer: Father give me the strength to always put my trust in You no matter where I am or what
I am doing.


Stephen A. Peterson
© 2012


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