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Monday, February 16, 2009
Yesterday we passed this rather rare sight here in Lancaster County, an old abandoned farmhouse with boarded up windows. Since property has great value in this area, especially old stone farmhouses, I assume it's due to some type of estate dispute.
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"Lessons From Mr. Wonderful"
"Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this" (2 Timothy 2:7).
This last weekend we celebrated Valentine's Day, a wonderful time to celebrate romantic and marital love. Several years ago I sure got an interesting gift from Brooksyne on Valentine's Day that still brings back a chuckle when we reminisce. "Mr. Wonderful" is a handsome doll with a big smile (big feet also.) When you press his cloth hand, in his distinguished deep male voice, he utters phrases like, "Thinking of you is the best part of my whole day." Or "You're perfect JUST the way you are; I wouldn't change ONE thing."
Well, through the years we have sure gotten a kick out of Mr. Wonderful but the humorous doll also brought some conviction one time. We were going out and since I thought she was ready to go I got in the car and … waited and waited. I started to get agitated, but then strangely enough the patient and pleasant voice of Mr. Wonderful suddenly began to repeat over and over in my mind, "Darling, take just as long as you want to get ready, I don't mind waiting one bit." I smiled to myself as I realized the Lord was using a silly doll to bring needed conviction toward my impatience.*
Now, what spiritual truth am I going to get out of this story, you may wonder?
2 Timothy 2:7 states, "Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this." The apostle Paul urged Timothy to reflect on what he was saying. By extension I apply this concept to the whole of Scripture. The sense of the word "reflect" is "to understand, to think over, to consider." The Amplified Version states, "Think over these things I am saying [understand them and grasp their application]."
That's why Scripture study and memorization are so important to the maturing Christian. As we face a circumstance in life the Holy Spirit can bring to our remembrance a portion of the Word we have read (just as I had recalled Mr. Wonderful's thoughts) and provide an application to the very situation we are in. Paul continues, "For the Lord will give you insight into all this." As we faithfully reflect, the Lord faithfully gives insight
We may chuckle at how a little "Mr. Wonderful" doll can give a perspective and even some conviction on a life situation, but the deeper truth today is the joy of experiencing the transforming power and perspective of God's Word!
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily Prayer: Father, I thank You for the insight given to us through Your Holy Scripture that makes us wise unto salvation and brings understanding to our interpretation of Scripture. Keep us on the right path and help us to be careful to reflect and ponder the truths that teach us the right way to live. Amen.
* Note from Brooksyne: I remember quite well the story of Stephen waiting in the driveway. My side of the story is that he "thought" I was ready and I "thought" we were leaving in about 20 minutes. I had no idea he was in the car waiting. Many misunderstandings and arguments are a result of false assumptions. When I got into the car that day I noticed Stephen's strange sort of smile and we both knew the Mr. Wonderful I had just given him that morning contributed to our peaceful and laughable departure out of the driveway as he explained to me just what took place.
Regarding the Scripture text today it reminds me of a wise woman who gave counsel to another young believer. She was fairly new in the faith and there were many truths she was learning about God and living the Christian life. She told her, "There are some teachings that I don't understand presently but I don't immediately discard their value or application. I just put it on a shelf in my mind and later I might pull it off for further examination and application as God makes it more clearly to me." I found that to be wise counsel as there are many teachings that require prayerful examination from God's Word to help us clarify truth from error.
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