Trudging up the long rocky path trying to balance the bucket in one hand and a basket of food in the other. Jacob looks wearily at the top of the hill. It seems like a never-ending walk up the hill. Knowing that his journey will soon be over, he stumbles on.
At the top of the hill Jacob finds the narrow path leading to the weather beaten cabin. Brightly silver is shining through the rusty spots on the roof. The shutters are hanging loosely from the wall. All the windows are all dirty and smudged. A gray wooden rocker is sitting majestically on the porch. The beautiful wildflowers a reminder of better times are framing the porch. The whole site is beautiful yet sad.
Opening the door Jacob looks around at the spotlessly clean cabin. It is just as he left it many years ago. A neighbor cleans it regularly for his sporadic returns. Itís cleanness reminding Jacob of his past and present life. A wicked life changed for the good.
Sitting the basket of food on the table and the bucket of water on the counter, Jacob sits down in the chair by the stove. Memories started flooding in. Memories of a loving home with a mom and dad who understood what he had to do. Changes he needed to make.
He had run with the wrong crowd and got into trouble with the law. He was put on probation by the court and had to make restitution for damages he had done to a store.
The preacher came to see him and told him how he had hurt his parents and sinned against God. Jacob was ashamed and repented of his sin.
After Jacobís probation was over he made the decision to work for God. He wanted to make something out of his life. He would become a volunteer in the Army of the Lord.
He would voluntarily do what the Lord layed on his heart to do. Daily he would seek Godís leading.
Willingly he served God by fixing things for the helpless, giving food to the poor, working to help those who could not help themselves. Giving and sharing with all those he came in contact with. He became a joy to his parents and those around him.
Knowing that his life had changed so much for the better, his love for God had grown, and his desire to work for the Lord had increased. After a few years God layed on his heart that he should go into the city and volunteer to work with a mission. With his parents blessing Jacob left for work to enlarge Godís kingdom.
He volunteered by giving his time and money to the little city mission. Godís plan for his live gave him much peace and happiness. For many years Jacob had worked at a sawmill in the daytime and at the small city mission at night. He told his story to many wayward men who gave their lives to Christ.
From time to time Jacob would come back to his boyhood home. Pleased with memories of his parents and their love and understanding. Grateful for the day he turned his life over to Christ and chose to serve Him. Happy, that God called him to be a volunteer in his service.
Jacob smiled. This is his home and the place God has new plans for him.
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