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Topic: Spring (the season) (07/23/09)
TITLE: The Beauty of Spring
By Mildred Sheldon
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How did it come about that I who once enjoyed writing poetry in 1984 could change to writing stories on different subjects? God has given each of us certain abilities and in order to bring glory to Him we must reach a point in our development to be of use to God. I was so wrapped up in myself until I realized that God is the reason, I am here. I was of no use to Him and I couldnít truly give Him all the glory He deserves. You may ask why I am writing this story now. Well Paul Harvey used to say and now for the rest of the story.
I was awakened this morning at 4:30 by a sensation that my body had been attacked by over zealous ants. I tired to ignore this feeling but at last, I got out of bed and here, I sit at my trusted old computer or as I like to call it my idiot box.
I was raised in the church and Iíve always known the Lord. Since Iíve become more attuned to listening to His still small voice I have grown quite a bit. Sometimes I wish I could sit down and talk to God face to face or at least hear His voice like the prophets of old. One day I shall see His face, hear His voice so until then I must be content.
Iíve learned that God moves in His time not mine. I tried to pigeonhole God and fit Him into my idea of just how big I thought He was. God has such wonderful ways of teaching me lessons. Iím a busybody and I thought God needed my help in taking care of me. Iíve learned to get my fingers out of His pie and let Him do His work. He has graciously given me all the time Iíve needed to learn each lesson.
As I said, earlier God does not rush His children. When I was ready to see Godís awesome power, He revealed it to me through a Sunday school lesson. My teacher is a very spontaneous and sometimes she will read a verse that will cause her to ask a question that doesnít have anything to do with the lesson. We were studying about, ďWhen Disaster Strikes.Ē It dealt with how people react to catastrophic disasters in their lives. She uses the Bible to teach the lesson and to make her point. We went to Isaiah 43 and thatís the beginning of my life changing experience. Verse 4 was one of those verses. It reads as follows ďSince you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life.Ē She asked if any of us considered ourselves not precious. I popped up and said I was too sinful to be precious. She knows me so well. She politely said pride kept me from believing Godís Word. By the time we returned to the lesson it was time to go and she gave all who said no an assignment. We were to pray and ask God to let us know we were indeed precious and come back next week and share our experiences with the class.
The following week I told my class about my life changing experience through tears of exceedingly great joy. If I had not cried, I would have shouted at the top of my lungs disturbing the other classes.
Iím entering a new phase of my life at the young age of 69. What does it hold? I donít have the vaguest idea but Iíll gladly follow my Savior and do whatever He asks and to Him be all glory, honor and praise.
* Scripture from ML version.
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