ONE INDIVIDUAL STOOD OUTBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
Some time ago we sat through the graduation and celebration of a loved one; it was a typical, lengthy ceremony honoring hundreds of graduates.Names were read, graduates received their diploma, and time slowly elapsed.One individual stood out from the crowd;I can still see him.“Steve” had earned a generic degree with no additional honors;pretty ordinary unless you saw him.Steve didn’t glide across the stage like all the others did,he labored across the stage.With his walker guiding him, he took one difficult step at a time.His steps took concerted effort and his walk took considerable courage.I admired him as did everybody else.I’m guessing that the “generic” diploma earned by Steve meant more to him than all the "weighty" diplomas of others combined.The obstacles he had to overcome were “different” than the obstacles faced by others.While I have not had to endure the same obstacles that Steve has endured, I am able to see a piece of Steve in me. I think that sometimes I walk just like Steve but in different areas of my life.I think we all do.We are slow, awkward, and handicapped in hidden places.-------Obstacles aren’t something we run about looking for in life; they are placed before us, imposed upon us,and regarded as necessary faith-building agents in our lives.We don’t have to like them but we do have to learn to walk with them.They are designed to make us needy; they are designed to draw us into dependence upon God.I’m not crazy about the plan but I think it’s highly effective.I’m not always sure about the plan but I think it’s praiseworthy.God knows what He’s doing.------Don’t bemoan or begrudge the necessary work Christ is doing in your life.Take another step and entrust Him to do through you what He has determined for you.God is sufficient.God is able.Your obstacle is God's opportunity to do something beautiful through you;Expect Him to show up powerfully.
LITTLE SPARROWBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
He cares about the sparrow small,He clothes the lily sweet;There’s not a single care or need,But God alone will meet.
Limitations don’t exist,And nothing does appear;To give the great Creator,Any cause for any fear.
Nothing can alarm Him,Nor surprise Him ‘bout your need;Nothing can detract Him,He will always intercede.
For He careth for the sparrow,And He clothes the lily sweet;Every need that He’s created,He intends to fully meet.-------“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.”Matthew 10: 29-31
THE REPAIR SHOPBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
When a crack begins to spider-web across your windshield, it’s time to fix it.-It doesn’t get fixed by blaming the gravel truck that flew past you and threw a stone your way.-It doesn’t get fixed by throwing a stone back at the gravel truck.-It doesn’t get fixed by talking about getting it fixed.A cracked windshield gets fixed when the owner assumes responsibility for his windshield, brings it in to the appropriate “fix-it” place, and gets the job done.There’s a time factor and a cost factor involved …But you also drive away looking out a clear windshield.------Individuals who assume responsibility for the sin and the “cracks” in their lives and utilize the redemptive service called “confession” are blessed individuals.Temporarily, they may appear to suffer setbacks, inconveniences, and perhaps even a few perceived injustices, but in the end the “crack” is dealt with by a supreme Serviceman and Christ, Himself, gives a special regard to the individual who drives into His repair shop and asks to be restored.Christ has a way of sufficiently caring for the “time and cost” factors involved and, in His way and in His perfect time, He maintains the power to grant a flawless windshield to the child He provides coverage for.How He does it and why He does it are some of life’s beautiful mysteries,But that He does it …Is a most perfect reality.------Assume full responsibility for what you see and what you’re looking through,And drive yourself into the repair shop called Redemption.Confessing “cracks” allows redemptive “facts” to surface in a most beautiful way.What He does with you, I cannot say,But what He gives to you,Is clean and coming your way.Watch for it.-----
PREPARINGBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
Lord ….I see you right beside me,In this valley of decision;You are leading and preparing me,To see with greater vision.
Enabling me in spirit,With a lens of keener sight;Altered by a realm,Of holy cleansing, perfect light.
Calling me with purpose,By Your will and sovereign choice;Giving me provision,As I heed Your holy voice.Grant me deep discernment,As I move on fleshly plain;To see that my election,Bears the witness of Your name. Amen.-------“Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble.”2 Peter 1:10
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