While on our Arizona vacation last month Anita and I rented a car. We were driving from the Phoenix area up to Sedona, the Red Rock area. As we drove, we could see the high mountainous area ahead of us. It seemed like such a steep grade that we would never get up there. But, as we progressed the winding road, around curves and switchbacks, we soon found ourselves on the other side heading down.
The twists and turns of life are like that. They move us slowly onward, so slow we don’t always recognize that we’re moving onward. But, surely enough, we eventually arrive at life’s destination. To worry about the obstacles up ahead is purposeless. If God has pointed us onward, He will surely take care of the way.
Jesus said, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things” (Matthew 6:34). Think about this today.
Tags: obstacles, trouble, worry
In 1942, hysteria over Japanese involvement in World War II led to the relocation of some 110,000 Japanese Americans to internment camps. In one of these camps Carole Doi, a third-generation Japanese American, was born. Despite this experience, Carole was proud to have been born in America.
Years later, Carole married a man who had also spent time in the camps. When she delivered their baby daughter, they noticed that the child’s feet turned inward, the toes facing each other. Carole was determined to do whatever it would take to help her daughter walk normally.
For four years Carole had to provide the child with corrective shoes. Her daughter was walking normally by age six, but Carole wasn’t satisfied. “I wanted her to do anything in which she would use her legs,” she said. The girl chose ice skating.
Before long, the youngster was bugging her mother for more rink time. She’d refuse to leave the ice until she got a particular move right. Soon Carole was rising at 4 AM to get her daughter to the rink. Finally, after 15 years of lessons, young Kristi Yamaguchi represented her country in the Olympics.
As the US flag was hoisted during the 1992 medals ceremony, Carole and Jim Yamaguchi watched Kristi receive the gold medal. They had never been so proud to be Americans.
Do not let your limitations get in the way of your faith!
Tags: obstacles, overcomer, trials
I heard about a farmer teaching his nephew how to cultivate corn. The boy did well until the tractor reached a marshy spot in the field. As the wheels began to slip in the mud, the boy slowed down and looked to his uncle for instructions. “Don’t slow down now,” the uncle said. “Give it the gas and go on through!”
This advice is as applicable to living as it is to driving a tractor or driving through a snow drift. Life’s road isn’t a continuous super-highway. Sometimes we are forced into spots that threaten to bog us down. That is the time to step on the gas and charge on through – not to slow down and grouch about the tough going.
Paul said it like this: “But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.” (2 Corinthians 2:14).
Tags: obstacles, stuck, trials
One of my favorite stories gleaned from my genealogy research is about one of my direct ancestors from the early days of America. Mary Hobson was born and raised in a coastal village in Ireland. Raids by British Pirates were common and her parents were killed in one such raid and she was taken to America where she was sold as a slave (yep, that happened back then). After serving an early American family for many years she was given her freedom to marry.
Her husband was not a Christian but she was devout in her Catholic faith. Her first official act in their new frontier home was to set up an altar in the log cabin where she prayed routinely. Her fervent Catholic faith led to the founding of the first Catholic church in that part of the Allegheny Mountains. Although her husband never responded to faith in Christ, her children all became faithful supporters of local churches as they migrated westward, most Catholics, but some Protestants.
Her negative beginnings as a child never caused her to relinquish her faith in God. That’s an Irish example I want to follow. I’m wearing green today to honor my Irish g-g-g-g-g-?-grandmother.
Tags: faith, obstacles, St. Patrick, trouble
Oral Roberts used to tell the story of a football game between the big animals and the little animals. At the start of the second half the big animals were ahead and they gave the tiger the ball. When he reached the scrimmage line, down he went. He hobbled back to the huddle and the big animals asked him, “What hit you?” The tiger said, “That centipede.”
Next they gave the ball to the lion. With a roar he ran to the line of scrimmage, but down he went. The other animals asked him, “What happened?” The lion answered, “It was that centipede!” Next they gave the ball to the rhino. When he too tumbled to the ground at the scrimmage line, they asked, “What happened?” He said, “It was that Centipede!”
“Where was that centipede in the first half?” the big animals asked the coach of the little animals. “Putting on his shoes,” the coach said.
Sometimes our enemy looks so big we’re sure he’ll get the victory over us. But we’ve got powers through the Spirit that Satan can’t conquer. Consider:
- Angels protect us (Psalm 91:11).
- The name of Jesus is above every other name (Philippians 2:9).
- The mighty Holy Spirit lives within us (1 Corinthians 3:16).
Don’t let little centipedes trip you up. You were created to be a winner.
Tags: enemy, little, obstacles, shoes