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RATIONS 100 DAYS! #26

I have come to depend on these RATIONS. As I started to read about the downed plane, I found myself thinking about recent plane crashes – as if this wasn’t written in the 1940’s.

It is the same when I am reading the Bible. Linear time seems to circle into a bubble that bobs up and down on the truthful water that keeps us from ever thirsting again.

“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”~Jn 4:14

It is good to remember prayer. It is good to spend time drinking the water and eating the manna that Christ brought to us from His well. The important thing is that we remember to drink and eat – in remembrance of Him– our eternal truth.

1942 DAILY RATION: “But I give myself unto prayer,”~Ps 109:4

READ: Luke 11:1-13

“Not long ago a large plane went down in the Pacific Ocean. Something was wrong with the wireless equipment, and all passengers were lost because of failure to contact a rescue ship.

“Such disasters are tragic, but there is one that is worse than plane crashing. That is a life crashing because of failure to keep in contact with the Eternal God. For such contact, there is nothing that can take the place of prayer. There can be no faith, no high and holy living, no real sense of truth, beauty, goodness, no ideal of service, no hope in this life or for the life to come, without the constant outreach of our lives to God.

“The Psalmist was in extreme need when he spoke these words; ‘But I give myself unto prayer…’. But he did not wait till he was faced with this extremity. He had always prayed. And he fills this difficult moment with the most powerful experience possible in life — – -prayer. God never lets a man down who does this thing.

PRAYER: Dear God, teach me to pray with complete trust in thy infinite love, thy unfailing providence. In Christ’s name. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “So may we send our little timid thought —                         Across the void, out to God’s reaching hands – – –
Send out our love and faith to thread the deep – – –
Thought after thought, until the little cord
Has greatened to a chain no chance can break,
And we are anchored to the Infinite.~Markham.

3 of 7: LOVE

Manna3 of 7: LOVE. Once upon a time in a land far away, there was a group of people who decided that there was a Creator. A Creator that built them a garden, gave them animals to LOVE, plants to tend, and visited with them everyday. But they were a cantakerous, headstrong, ouchy type of people (think anything has changed?). They did good deeds, prospered, begat children, cared for plants and animals, but they also did bad things. =( The Creator still loved them despite these faults, but because He was so righteous, He knew that their sinful eyes could not bare to look at Him. Since they could no longer see him, the Creator gave them ways to “see” Him. The Cantakerous, headstrong, ouchy people called it “faith”. The Creator called it LOVE.

During one of the many seasons of life, the cantakerous, headstrong, ouchy people got themselves in a pickle in another land. The Creator heard their cries in the darkness and sent them a man who led them out of the pickle and into the desert. Food was kinda scarce there, but the Creator (who LOVED His children) took care of that right quick. He gave them meat in the evening and bread in the morning.

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.” Ex 16 4-5

Slowly, the cantakerous, headstrong, ouchy people began to realize that when they relied on the Creator’s bread and LOVE, their day went much better (funny how that works, huh?). Like most things, the lesson stuck for awhile, but as the generations aged away from the days of gathering the bread, their faith grew weaker and sin returned…afterall, they were a cantakerous, headstrong, ouchy people.

“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” Jn:35

However, the great thing about the Creator is that He never, ever stopped LOVING the cantakerous, headstrong, ouchy people. He wanted to remind them about the bread and how it saved them when they were in that very dry, dusty, dead place, so He sent His son – His first born Son that He LOVED. His son, who was very good at metaphors, tried to remind the cantakerous, headstrong, ouchy people with His words. He said over and over to these cantakerous, headstrong, ouchy people, ‘if you will just gather Me every morning, I will nourish your life just like I did in all the dry, dusty, dead places in your lives’. Some listened. Some didn’t. (Natch)

It is a choice to LOVE. The Creator chose to put us first in His existence and surround us with LOVE. We get to choose whether we will LOVE Him back or even – whether we will put Him first in our lives. We are still cantakerous, headstrong and ouchy. The miracle is that we don’t have to go outside to gather manna in the morning any more. The manna is there for us whenever we want to gather it – whether it is in the dry, dusty, dead places of our lives or in the comfy armchair of our livingroom (although, in my personal opinion, the world certainly is much brighter when I gather the bread first thing in the morning). If we seek the things we LOVE first then we understand why the Creator seeks us every minute we are lost in our own deserts. It is simply because…………we are His first LOVE…..even if we are a cantakerous, headstrong, ouchy people. Amazing, isn’t it?

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