The Waterfall

There’s a place he goes to get away. It’s down a steeeep hill, across several gullies and hills, at the end of a stream, beside a waterfall. Far, far away from the disturbance of road traffic or the sight of manufacturing plants. Hidden by acres of woods, and pocketed by ravines. When he wants to decide something, mourn a loss, think about a problem, or be alone, he sits on the rock. It’s his cathedral, where he goes to sit next to what’s in his heart. His wife knows him, lets him go, and welcomes him back. We, his coworkers hear about it through what it’s been doing lately. The waterfall’s really running right now, he says after it’s rained. Come spring, the waterfall gave me a lot of mushrooms yesterday. When it’s been dry for several weeks, I lost my waterfall. This is what completes his backwoods, redneck, funny-man character. This is part of his other side. The side that labors for hours on his exotic birds, reads a book a week in the winter, and is my steady counsel when it comes to ordering boneless pork shoulders.

So when he invited us to see this place, we couldn’t refuse. Our eyes were opened and we saw another side of him we didn’t know existed. It was stunning, and we’ll talk about it for years.

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When God Says No

God never denies us our heart’s desire except to give us something better.
-Elisabeth Elliot

Doubtful wonderings and wishful thinking
Flash like heat lightening on the horizon,
Catch me by surprise.

Cloudy mists of questions,
The tightropes of risks
Force me to turn inward.

Like a heavy grey cloud,
water, wind, descending, beating,
my heart and mind are running out of time.

Thinking of nothing else, my mind,
pondering upon consequences distant –
my yesterday becomes today becomes future.

Caring for nothing but the will of the Master,
Yet with eyes too full of conditions to see the hard truth,
Settle, my heart, for what is Divine.

-Decisions

You have come to a fork in the road. A decision lies before, imminent and demanding. Your life will become completely different depending on your choice. The beginnings of each road appear similar. What do you do?

However, as you spend hours contemplating the affects of either road, you notice contrasts. One road may seem to give you higher status, expose you to more famous people, advance your skills and give you a chance to soar. It may shine with a radiance, and lead to a land of blue skies and sunny days filled with happiness.

The further down the other one you gaze, you see that the path disappears around a wooded bend. It seems to lead deep into a forest where the sunlight is scattered and screened. Little contact is enjoyed with the outside world, except maybe an occasional clearing. It looks pretty interesting, definitely the more mysterious, and your hand squeezes the Master’s as you imagine yourself traveling that road.

Surely you have been there. Maybe you’re even remembering that time now, and how long ago it seems! Nostalgically you remember those days of concentration, deep prayers, and heart-cries for wisdom. It was a big decision! But now, as you remember it, so small it seems when you remember where you’ve been since then.

It may be right for you to take the first path. But it is equally possible the second path is the one for you. And if it is, let me speak to you. If God says no, and you do not get what you desire, listen to what I say and believe it. You have my promise that is true and trustworthy.

God has a plan and it is good.

Repeat that to yourself over and over, for it is your lifeline out of despair and sadness. When you are several steps down the road and mourning the loss of what you never had, put your whole faith into those words and launch out into the deep, trusting Him. When you have nothing else to hope for, believe in it.

It is that trust that will lead into surrender and joy. Do not fear its shaded paths — they are filled with unimaginable beauty. I promise, it will get better, but it is important that today you rejoice in God’s leadership. Ever onward, friend!

The Final Summit: A Book Review

“What does humanity need to do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization?”

To sum it all up in simple language, The Final Summit by Andy Andrews, is the account of a council of famous folk from history who meet to find the answer to one question. The fate of humanity hangs in the balance as the Travelers discuss their keys to success and lessons from their lives. Swiftly falling in an hourglass standing in the middle of the table are the sands of time.

David Ponder, the hero from The Traveler’s Gift, is the leader of this discussion. One by one, world-changers are brought to the circle, from any time in history, bearing with them all the wisdom they have gathered in their lives. Among this number is the sixteen-year-old girl believing in hope as she leads an escort of French soldiers to the victory of an English fortress in 1429, the 16th president of the United States, and a courageous spy who brought World War 1 to an earlier end.

 Amidst a host of the world’s wisest people, you will journey through time to learn some of the most important truths history has to offer. The answers they bring to the question are immeasurably valuable, and as we faithfully apply them to our world and the situations in which we find ourselves, great things can happen!