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Prayer - Don't give Jehovah instructions - just report for duty!

When I was a little boy, my mother used to embroider a great deal. I would sit at her knee and look up from the floor and ask what she was doing. She informed me that she was embroidering. I told her that it looked like a mess from where I was. As from the underside I watched her work within the boundaries of the little round hoop that she held in her hand, I complained to her that it sure looked messy from where I sat.


She would smile at me, look down and gently say, "My son, you go about your playing for a while, and when I am finished with my embroidering, I will put you on my knee and let you see it from my side."


I would wonder why she was using some dark threads along with the bright ones and why they seemed so jumbled from my view. A few minutes would pass and then I would hear Mother's voice say, "Son, come and sit on my knee."


This I did only to be surprised and thrilled to see a beautiful flower or a sunset. I could not believe it, because from underneath it looked so messy. Then Mother would say to me, "My son, from underneath it did look messy and jumbled, but you did not realize that there was a pre-drawn plan on the top. It was a design. I was only following it. Now look at it from my side and you will see what I was doing."


Many times through the years we may have asked our heavenly Father what was happening to our lives, and how to make sense of it. As we progress in understanding of his Fatherly and compassionate nature, we in time come to understand that what seems unclear to us from the underside, is beautifully taking form on the other. The dark threads may seem jumbled and a mess, and we are inclined to develop a negative attitude in our life, despite our Fathers comforting assurances. Yet with a confident faith in the final state of Jehovah's will and purpose accomplished, we will be permitted to see the "top" side of the embroidery, when "all things are made new" (Rev. 21:5)

In a school experiment, some boys put a frog in a container of water and began to heat the water very slowly. The water finally reached the boiling point and yet the frog never even attempted to jump out. Why? Because the changes in the environment were so slight and slow to occur that the frog didn't even notice them until it was too late. 

As Christians, we can end up like the frog. There are changes in the world around us that are so gradual, that perhaps we don't even notice them. Like the frog we could be spiritually dying without even noticing it!

Consider the example of a baby trying to stand up and take its first wobbly steps. Rare is the infant who can learn to stand and walk about freely in a single day. As babes, all of us probably tried and failed many times before we finally achieved a measure of success in walking. What would have happened if upon falling for the first time, we had decided to stop trying? We might still be crawling around on out hands and knees! Persistence is essential for reaching worthwhile goals and gaining corresponding increases in skills and self-respect. As the saying goes, "Winners never quit, and quitters never win." Thus, we need stick-to-itiveness. 

Forbidden fruits create many jams

The will of Jehovah will never take you to where Jehovah will not protect you

A brother was conducting a Bible study with a student who failed to put into practice what he was learning. One day, after the study, our brother mentioned to the student that he had bought a book on health and fitness with the promise: "Become as fit as a marine in sixteen weeks." "You know," he lamented, "I've had the book more than 16 weeks, I've read it more than three times already, and I'm STILL not as fit as a marine. In fact I'm just as unfit as I ever was." "Have you been doing the exercises from the book?" the Bible student asked. "No," the brother admitted. "Then how do you expect to get anywhere with the book if you just read it, but don't do what it says ..." The brother could tell by the way the tone of the student's voice changed during the middle of his question that he had got the point!

One day a certain old rich man, of a miserable disposition visited a counselor, who took the rich man by the hand and led him to a window. "Look out there," he said. The rich man looked into the street. "What do you see?" asked the counselor.

"I see men, women, and children," answered the rich man.

And the counselor took him by the hand and this time led him to a mirror. "Now what do you see?"

"Now I see myself," the rich man replied.

Then the counselor said, "Behold, in the window there is glass, and in the mirror there is glass. But the glass of the mirror is covered with a little silver, and no sooner is the silver added than you cease to see others, but you see only yourself."

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