Wise Choices

Wise choices will watch over you.
    Understanding will keep you safe.

—Proverbs 2:11

 

 

While photographing my rose bush this afternoon, I suddenly saw the tiniest little green frog.

Huddled up between the pink petals of a bloom, he had taken shelter.

Surrounded by beauty, he was protected in many ways.

 

Our choices have a definite effect on our lives.

If we make wise choices, we reap the benefits.

If we search for understanding that comes from God, we will avoid many troubles.

The understanding that comes from God will keep us safe from the consequences of poor choices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Do Good

Trust in the LORD and do good;

—from Psalm 37:3

 

It seems to always be this way.

When there is a natural disaster of some kind–hurricane, tornado, earthquake, snowstorm–people start taking care of each other’s needs.

Often strangers begin taking care of one another.

There seems to be a sense of belonging and responsibility that comes upon a community, bringing out a shared concern.

Empathy.

A willingness to give.

A generous spirit.

Today (which is the day after Hurricane Irma) I have heard of more than one family cooking food and making an open invitation to others to come.

Groups of people with chainsaws and tools have been going around assisting with the removal of toppled trees and other debris after the storm.

Someone made a large amount of coffee and started bringing it to different neighborhoods.

Wheelbarrows with limbs and sticks were carted to the road.

People are offering to help in lots of ways and this will continue for quite some time.

In Psalm 37:3 we are told to trust in the LORD and to do good.

In times like these, that is exactly what we need to do:

  1. Trust in the LORD.
  2. Do good.

 

 

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Even the Cattle

His thunder announces the coming storm;    even the cattle make known its approach.

Job 36:33

The weather reports were filled with only one thing yesterday:

Hurricane Irma. 

My family prepared as best as we could. 

But one thing remained out of our reach–

We couldn’t control the storm. 

Only God could do that. 

Walking outside before the conditions deteriorated, I noticed that the cows in the field across from my house were gathered. 

Did they somehow know the storm was coming?

The sky eventually began to grow darker and the rain and wind began. 

Only God can control the wind. 

Only God can control the rain. 

Never Forsaken

Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You.
—Psalm 9:10

A major hurricane is coming and my family and I are in the path. 

We are preparing the house and boarding up windows. 

Storing up water and food. 

Waiting….

Only God controls the weather. 

We must now trust in Him. 

Immovable

So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.

1 Corinthians 15:58
While at work today, I noticed a single plant growing wild in an area of sandy clay. 

Its solitary condition made me take notice–so much so that I decided to photograph it. 

If I were a single grass plant, I would probably hope to be among a group of plants in rich, fertile soil. 

Standing alone in rusty coloured clay would certainly not be my station of choice. 

There have been times, however, that I have felt separated and alone in a less than desirable environment in which to thrive. 

Even so, my intentions still should have been to live my life for the Lord, doing those things that pleased him. 

I must always remember that nothing I do for the Lord is ever useless. 

Store Up

Jesus said:
 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

—Matthew 6:19-21

Love

For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

—Galatians 5:14
Do I only help when it’s easy

But never when it’s hard

Do I forego the present 

And only give the card

Do I open doors for others

When my own arms are full 

Or do I wait till it’s convenient

Before I push or pull 

What do I show about my heart

Each time I make a choice

My actions speak of what is true

With a silent, piercing voice