Monday, July 28, 2008

Meaningful Monday

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Brenda was almost halfway to the top of the tremendous granite cliff. She was standing on a ledge where she was taking a breather during this, her first rock climb. As she rested there, the safety rope snapped against her eye and knocked out her contact lens . 'Great', she thought. 'Here I am on a rock ledge, hundreds of feet from the bottom and hundreds of feet to the top of this cliff, and now my sight is blurry.' She looked and looked, hoping that somehow it had landed on the ledge. But it just wasn't there.

She felt the panic rising in her, so she began praying. She prayed for calm, and she prayed that she may find her contact lens.

When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but it was not to be found. Although she was calm now that she was at the top, she was saddened because she could not clearly see across the range of mountains. She thought of the bible verse 'The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth.'

She thought, 'Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me.'

Later, when they had hiked down the trail to the bottom of the cliff they met another party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted out, 'Hey, you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?'

Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across a twig on the face of the rock, carrying it!

The story doesn't end there. Brenda's father is a cartoonist.. When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the contact lens, he drew a cartoon of an ant lugging that contact lens with the caption, 'Lord, I don't know why You want me to carry this thing. I can't eat it, and it's awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I'll carry it for You.'

I think it would do all of us some good to say, 'God, I don't know why You want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it's awfully heavy. But, if You want me to carry it, I will.'


I don't know if the ant and lens story is true, but I AM POSITIVE THAT EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IN OUR LIVES IS PART OF GOD'S MASTER PLAN....BE IT GOOD OR BAD. I ALSO KNOW THAT IF WE GIVE OUR PROBLEMS TO GOD AND HAVE FAITH ENOUGH TO LEAVE THE PROBLEM ALONE AND LET GOD HANDLE IT, HE WILL. HE IS STILL ON HIS THRONE AND HE STILL HEARS OUR PRAYERS!!!

Wishing you a Meaningful Monday!

11 comments:

Picket said...

Beautiful story my friend...I am a true believer that if we do all we know to do and stand firm in our faith that God will do the rest! I believe God cares about the tiniest details in our lives and if we would only dare to believe him, He would show us great and mighty things which we knowest not! Have a great day friend and thanks so much for coming by!

Lib said...

Hi Jo,
Thanks for this Great Post! I really,really needed it today!
Hope ya'll have a great wk.
Blessins',Lib

farmlady said...

Wonderful thoughts, Jo, but I'm not sure about getting only what you can handle. I see a lot of people out there with more than their share of trouble.

God knows, I guess.

So many questions, so little time.

I do believe that you need to get out of his way and let him take care of things..., and that he has teachers here on earth if you pay attention. You may be one.

Beth said...

Very cool story, Jo. I'd love to see the cartoon sometime.

Thanks for stopping by the blog and I'll let you know when to get your Britt.

Mike Golch said...

Jo as I finished reading this story I said to God,"Thank you for this message AMEN" I thank you as well. Hugs and God's Blessing to you and JD. Mike G. said thay(its an A.A.thing)

Nanna said...

Getting to be a regular...Loved the story of the ant and the contact lens. I so needed to "hear" this story. You are such a good teacher. An angel in disguise. Thank God for you. And Thank you. God bless you,and your loved ones, Jo. Have a great day !

Peggy said...

So true. I need to step back and let him handle things for me. I just am so a controlling type of person and hate letting go.

Joanne Kennedy said...

What a darling and touching story. I would like to believe it was a true story. So when I pass it on I'm going to say it is.

Hugs,
Joanne

Betty said...

True or not, that is a wonderful story of faith. Thanks for sharing that.

Linds said...

The hard part is leaving the problem alone, isn't it....I need to be reminded of this on a daily basis! Lovely story, Jo.

BittersweetPunkin said...

What a great story and so very true!