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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Bridge of Flowers in Shelborne Falls, MA (Photo by Georgia)

View of Deerfield River from Bridge of Flowers in  Shelborne Falls, Massachusetts
(Photo by Georgia)

"Wonder Transport"

Note: Audio version unavailable today due to time contraints. Early morning chaplain calls and long day.

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Great things He hath taught us,
Great things He hath done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer and higher and greater will be,
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see!

Today we want to share about a man who is the owner of a trucking company in the Pittsburg, PA area. He acknowledges that there were many who planted seeds in his life years before he made the decision to turn his life over to Christ. After his conversion he was able to look back and see the significance and impact of these seeds although in many cases he was unable to let the seed planter know that their sowing was not in vain. It was clear that these seeds made a spiritual impact though fruit was not immediately visible. We need to remember that truth when it appears that our witness is not accepted or sometimes outright rejected.

After his conversion he started a trucking company and made an appointment at the bank to discuss financing. The bank officer looked at the application and noted the name of his company was "Wonder Transport" which prompted him to inquire, "How did you come up with this unusual name?" He asked the bank officer if he'd ever heard of Fanny Crosby. He quickly answered that Fanny Crosby was a political chairwoman in the suburbs (oops, wrong Fanny Crosby!)

The businessman went on to tell the bank officer that Fanny Crosby was a great hymn writer and he shared the words that formed the basis of his company's name from a popular hymn she wrote called, "To God Be The Glory."

Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see!

The brand (if you will) "Wonder Transport" provides a great opportunity for one to express faith in Christ and I am sure he has had many opportunities to do so. He shared how in his company he makes it a foundational purpose that God does indeed receive the glory. That's God's purpose for each one of us. In whatever we do, we do it all for the glory of God. Let us this day renew a commitment to that high calling.

Fanny Crosby did not have in mind the trucking mode of transportation when she wrote this hymn, but rather our glorious and immediate
mode of transition from this life "when Jesus we see"!

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice;
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer:
Father, we give You all the glory for You have done great things; things so great they are far beyond the scope, understanding, knowledge or creativity granted to us, Your creation. So we praise You for all that You provide us, all that is ours to hold in our hands, see with our eyes, hear with our ears, and taste with our tongue. But purer and higher and greater than all these wonderful things will be the moment that Christ returns for His children. He will be our wonder, our transport, from our swift sojourn here on earth to our eternal dwelling in the heavens. Keep us faithful till that appointed hour. Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"To God Be The Glory"  Video 

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