Too many people are like Jonah. They want to assume the philosophy of "out of sight - out of mind" resolves the problem at hand. If  the problem is ignored long enough it just might go away, is the common thinking. Eventually, we all, like Jonah, learn this does not work. It comes home to haunt us, as God has a way of "rubbing our nose in it", to use an old down on the farm clich√©.

     Have you ever felt like running away - away from the burdensome tasks of the moment, away from the monotonous grind of a not-so-fun routine, away from the persistent responsibilities that seem to hang like threatening clouds across the down of each new, otherwise, beautiful day?

     David, the singing Shepherd-King of Israel felt that way. When he saw awesome problems piling up like storm clouds on the horizon, he exclaimed: "Oh, that I had wings like a dove!  For then I would fly away and be at rest!" Like we are so often, he wanted to run away from everything. As divine circumstances would have it, David soon found that he could not run away from anything! He could not run away from himself, nor his conscience, nor his God.

     David could not find rest running away - nor can we. We must find our happiness right where we are - right in our own back yard. That is God's will. We all must learn that no matter our lot in life - a mother wearing herself out for her children - a father working from early morning to late night providing for his family - it is the task God has given us. That, fellow traveler, is all we need to know.

     God has promised to give His angels charge over us to keep us in all our ways. Let us each, then, "stay in our way" and keep our rendezvous with His angels - and His destiny. What ever we do, let us do it heartily, as unto the Lord. Such service has much joy and great rewards.

     There will always be problems to be faced - crosses to be borne - and He has promised no exemptions from life's burdens - but has promise to be at our side through it on the wings of prayer we can always take all of our troubles to our Lord and Savior whose heart is always open to our pleas.        

       Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.




Updated January 13, 2010
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