TITLE: A Symphony of Miracles Chapter 26 A Man's Gift 3/23/14
By Richard McCaw
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A Man’s Gift
During His earthly ministry, Jesus taught several parables to His disciples. He told them that the kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but his enemy came while men were sleeping, and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.
So the servants of the owner came and said to him, “Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?”
He said to them, “An enemy has done this!”
The servants said to him, “Do you want us then to go and gather them up?”
But he said, “No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”
Whatever gifts God plants within us will not be left alone, for the Devil’s goal will be to distract us through the lust of our eyes, the lust of our flesh, and the pride of life, to prevent God’s will being accomplished in our lives, so that God does not receive the glory.
As the events developed in my own life, I myself began to wonder as each clue was revealed. As in a detective novel, the clues inevitably pointed to one final solution.
Could events in my life be declared mere accidents in which no intelligent mind was involved? As each incident progressed one after the other, years later, it soon became clear that everything just fitted into a definite and intelligent plan. Not only did I learn the piano and the violin, but my skill on both instruments earned the respect of my schoolmates and teachers, and opened many doors of witness in the school community and in churches.
The development of details in our experiences may be compared to a computer program, which closely resembles the creation of DNA. Interestingly, Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, is reported to have declared that “DNA resembles a computer program, more advanced than any software ever created.” Computer programs cannot write themselves. A programmer creates the program. Development of DNA is no accident. Consider the tremendous amount of information stored in a single DNA cell: enough to store, 3 or 4 times over, all 30 volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica, and equal to a pile of paperback books 500 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon, each containing different, yet definite content. Who could have programmed such detail? How could specific information be stored in a single cell by mere chance or happy accident? Such detail in our DNA testifies to the creative mind that put it together.
In one of his famous psalms, King David wrote, “You know when I sit down and get up, You understand my thoughts afar off. You surround my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. You covered me in my mother’s womb. In Your book all my members were written.” 3
In the gigantic jig-saw puzzle of our lives, each event is one important piece that can be fitted together to bear witness to the creative mind behind the puzzle.
As for me, the incidents related so far were not mere coincidences! God was planting in me all His purposes to fulfill His will! He has always been, and is ever the Great Planter of every wonderful thing in the universe! For that very reason, every gift He bestows must be carefully laid in His hands for Him to develop and enhance for His own glory! After all, He is Lord! It is His by right of creation and His by right of redemption, which He purchased for us with His own blood!
Looking back, my music and drama only foreshadowed great things to come. Scattered parts of a giant jig-saw puzzle, the complexity of whose pieces, at first do not seem to fit, may seem confusing. When parts of the puzzle are randomly scattered, we may scream at the top of our voice, “This puzzle is too complex!” However, a wonderful feeling fills the heart as we struggle with it, and as the whole picture comes together.
"A man’s gift makes room for him,
And brings him before great men" (Prov 18:16)
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