Daily Archives: September 9, 2016
When I read today’s Ration, I knew that I couldn’t say it any better than this author did in the third paragraph. Most of us bump around this crazy world hoping to dislodge whatever stone is hiding the magic key of knowledge that we need to navigate this life; or maybe the magic broom that will sweep all the huge, sticky spider webs from our path; or the magic bridge – or the magic app – or …
But as any former kid that finally reach the age of majority will tell you, – that knowledge comes with a bunch of strings that tend to tie them in knots at various stages of their lives. But the author of this Ration understood that magic is useless. Our Father gave us every inner tool we needed to cut free if those knots and succeed. He even gave us Eliezer’s prayer as a model. The first prayer offered by an ordinary person in Genesis, “Lord…make me successful today…” ~Gen 124:12
He made us curious to seek wisdom. He gave us responsibility to accumulate more knowledge and wisdom. Strength to untie the knots that form around us. Character to stand on the principles of faith in Him when the knots seem unbreakable.
He did indeed make us in His image.
1942 Daily Ration: “The more you know, the more you suffer; the more you understand, the more you ache. “~Eccl. 1:18
“Certainly the Preacher is right. The more knowledge one has the more suffering he knows. If we did not know of hatred and starvation and death, we might be smugly content. We are tempted to turn our eyes away from the knowledge of evil and suffering.
“To face the facts of life honestly is a heroic job. Many well-meaning souls break under the strain. Knowledge means responsibility; responsibility requires strength; strength demands character; and character grows out of an inner faith.
“The world is tired because men have tried to build upon a foundation of knowledge without character, without an inner source of strength. The Christian sends his roots deep into a living hope and faith and is able to withstand the withering heat of the sun.
“Read: Ecc 1:12-17; Matt 13:18-23
“But we have the mind of Christ”~1 Chron 2:16
Dreams are those internal milestones we aspire to accomplish. They are the light at the end of the tunnel. The hope that keeps churning our legs in a certain direction. The carefree thought that pushes our hand into our pocket to hand over money to meet a Star-Trek star at a mega gathering or go to a prestigious college to earn a degree.
We take after our Father that way.
He too has dreams. Dreams of creation. Dreams that He envisioned of building a home for all His creations. Dreams that pushed Him on to plant a garden of treasures just for them to discover. Dreams that further led Him to desire a personal relationship with each and everyone of them.
He planted those visions within us as well – after all – He told us He made us in His image. Some of us call them dreams – or visions – or milestones. We dream of establishing a home – a center – a safe place. In it – or around it – we plant our treasures – – – things that nourish us and sustain us. We seek relationships to share our home – our garden – our love.
And if we are lucky – and we decide to leave our prodigal ways – we also find Our Father there – waiting for us – the supper table laid out and His arms open.
1942 DAILY RATION
Read: Philippians 3:13-17; 4:8
“If it (the vision) tarry, wait for it; For it will surely come without delay,” Heb 2:3
“We cannot go far in life without the inspiration of an ideal. The high road to fine living follows the trail that is lighted by idealism. . .
“Jesus followed his ideal, but Judas tossed his dream away for a selfish ambition. That is one reason why Jesus’ death was a triumph and that of Judas, tragic defeat.
“A picture was once painted by a great artist who set the scene in a night back ground. Across the dark waters of a lonely lake a solitary man could be seen rowing a small boat A high wind churned the waters of the lake into white-crested billows which raged around the little skiff. Above was a dark and angry sky. But through the blackness there shone one lone star. Upon this the rower fixed his gaze – – – and on through the storm he rowed. He was undismayed by the midnight darkness. Beneath the picture the artist had written, ‘If I lose that, I am lost.’
“Quite so. Lose the star of idealism from life and you are lost. Again, I say, ‘Don’t toss your dreams away.’
“Prayer: Father of Light and Truth, give us the spiritual insight that will enable us to follow the gleam of thy guiding spirit. In the midst of life, turmoil and temptation give us the courage to hold to our ideal. May nothing persuade us to take the detail that leads into the far country. Hear our prayer in the Master’s name. Amen.”