Everyday for the past 32 days, I’ve been typing the Daily 1942 Ration directly out of the tiny booklet. Even though it is easier to copy and paste Bible verses from Bible Hub, there is something about reading and typing the “old” King James Version that fits ‘…well with my soul’.
“It is in the quiet crucible of your personal, private sufferings that your noblest dreams are born and God’s greatest gifts are given in compensation for what you’ve been through.”~Wintley Phipps on 4/6/12
I found this quote by Wintley Phipps today and immediately knew it was put on my path for a reason. You see, the past couple days several people have found their way to my “door”. Their crucibles too heavy to carry on their own – sorta like the man on the way to Jericho.
- Stripped of pride.
Beaten until no longer standing.
Crucibles are like that. They take everything and then some. And yet – there is always someone put on that same path. A person with a little more wisdom and a few gifts from their own crucibles to to share.
I often wonder about that man on the road to Jericho. What did he do when he found out about the Samaritan’s gifts? Did “noble dreams” arise? Did he find God’s greatest gifts to his own life? Or did he choose just to return to the same-old-same-old he had been living?
Crucibles are tough. It is our choice on how we handle them.
1942 Daily Rations: “‘But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds pouring in oil and wine and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host; and said unto him, ‘Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.’ Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among thieves? And he said, ‘He that shewed mercy on him.’ Then said Jesus unto him, ‘Go and do thou likewise.’“~Lk 10:33-37
“Jesus has much more to say than, “God is your perfect Friend.” But this is the heart of his message- – -and the first step. We might guess that from other experience. We don’t find out everything about a person and then at the end of life become his friend. We fall into friendship and have a thousand experiences afterwards.
“So here is Jesus inviting us to come home to God. But still we are human. Where is God? We can’t see him. We have no skill in dealing with the Unseen and then we look at Jesus- – -that Face with more truth and love in it than any other face. And a thought comes to us: ‘I could take him for my perfect Friend.’ He smiles and says: ‘You say more than you understand. Take me, and you’ll find God, for we are one.’ ”