Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength … carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.
― Corrie Ten Boom
. . . which reminds me … during the worship service on a recent Sunday at Spring Hill Baptist Church in Spring Hill, Florida … Pastor Ray Rouse – while preaching on I Samuel 17:45-47 – asked this question: “What is the Goliath in your life today?” It all comes back to prayer and, as that saying goes … “letting go and letting God!”
Of course, those verses tell one of the great stories of the Bible that we all hopefully heard in Sunday School oh those many years ago . . .
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.
The power of the Lord . . . that’s what gives a simple slingshot the force equal to the mortar fired from our Army’s mightiest gun!
Prayer . . .
On the subject of prayer . . . as the Gospel song that is heard regularly on enLighten clearly states: “Prayer is the key to heaven, but faith unlocks the door.”
Finally . . .
During our recent trip to Florida, the entire family gathered at a Chinese restaurant one evening. Following the meal, as the norm, fortune cookies were handed out. Most carried thoughts of little relevance or offered any lasting impact upon daily life except one, which landed with yours truly: “Live so that you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.”