Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Front Porch

It looks rather vacant now...

.....that front porch that had so many gatherings...
....where so many photos were taken,
so many stories told,
and so many flies swatted!

Yes, it looks vacant...
But looks can be deceiving!
The front porch sometimes has someone sitting on it again.
This old house has become a part-time home for a homeless man!

I'm learning quite a lot from this homeless man.
He has such an appreciation for God's beauty here on earth.
He marvels at nature, and enjoys watching God's creatures.
Although his eyesight is diminished, 
he notices the tiniest delicate wild flowers in the field.
His simple faith in God to lead him and take care of him amazes
and intrigues me. It reminds me of these words from Jesus:

 “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes."

Have you checked out my Names of God on Rocks lately?
I might have some that would surprise you!
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Ruth Hiebert said...

That porch looks like a wonderful place to sit and ponder, both nature and God's Word.

Margaret Adamson said...

happy memories on that porch for lots of people.