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Monday, October 12, 2015

Gilpin's Fall Covered Bridge, Maryland
The Gilpin's Falls Covered Bridge built around 1860 is one of the few remaining covered bridges in Maryland.

"Divine Scan"

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"For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him" (2 Chronicles 16:9).
"For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer" (1 Peter 3:12).

We thoroughly enjoyed our extended weekend on the Shore in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The weather could not have been more beautiful - the best of comfortable summer temperatures in a fall setting.

Herr's Factory TourOn the way down we took the Herr's factory tour. Herr's is a large snack food processor which offers one of the best factory tours in the country. The enthusiastic guide takes you all the way through the facility explaining how the various products are made. I'm usually the one who suggests taking a factory tour but this time it was Ester! I suppose it will give her some insight in her new job as a bagger when she bags Herr's products which are very popular around here!

You see it all being made; pretzels, corn chips and popcorn. But the highlight of the factory tour are the massive potato chip lines. Potatoes harvested only days earlier from the fields enter a huge machine on one end and at the other end emerge as potato chips. (They gave us some warm samples right off the line and the fresh, warm chips are sooo good.)

But I was most interested in observing a device I saw in my first Herr's factory tour about 15 years ago.
At the end of the line the deep fried chips emerge on a 4-foot wide conveyor belt moving at 90 mph with the chips spread out individually.  An optical scanner examines each chip as it passes through. Two feet away another machine blows a puff of air precisely at a chip if the scanner determines it defective and then removes it from the lot. I marveled as I watched and considered the incredibly precise calibration needed for this all to work effectively!

As regular readers know I often find a spiritual lesson from the everyday experiences of life and here it is: an infinitely greater scan is always taking place and today we will call it the Omnipresent Divine Scan.

2 Chronicles 16:9A wonderful Old Testament verse gives great assurance to true believers of all generations. "For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him." Amazingly our sovereign Lord is watching over us right now. "His eyes range throughout the earth."  ("His eyes run to and fro" KJV). This is the divine scan.

The apostle Peter quotes Psalm 34:15, "For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer" (1 Peter 3:12).

There is purposefulness in God's watching over us. He does so to "strengthen us," not to zap us like that puff of air did to the rejected potato chip! My, I sure do need to be strengthened today, don't you? I am thankful that God's strength is absolutely adequate for any need I am presently experiencing or any need that will arise in the course of this day. And that's true for all of us!

We have a responsibility however. He is looking for "those whose hearts are fully committed to Him." The key word that describes the level of our commitment is "fully." Do you find yourself wholly committed to Christ or vacillating depending upon your circumstances or environment? God wants a people who wholeheartedly trust and serve Him. Wherever you are and whatever you're going through today, I ask you to join us in pledging this declaration: "My heart is fully committed to God".

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer:
Father, You are our spiritual covering as we carry out our duties on this day, for Your eyes are on the righteous. In our interaction with others, in our work responsibilities, our daily commute and family duties there are numerous temptations that seek our allegiance which would make us vacillate in our devotion to You. You know our areas of weakness where we're vulnerable to the enemy and You desire to strengthen and uphold us, keeping our hearts fully committed to You. Thank You for assuring us that we are never out of Your view nor away from Your loving care. Not only are we within Your view, but we are within Your hearing range for Your ears are attentive to our prayers. Through Christ our Lord we give praise and thanksgiving.  Amen.

Some scenes for our weekend at the Shore

Rehoboth Beach boardwalk buddy walk 10/10/15
On Saturday morning a "Buddy Walk" was held on the Rehoboth beach boardwalk for children with Down Syndrome. The cheerleaders are gathered around a very excited young man (in purple t-shirt) who is thrilled to join them and really hammed it up!

Gordon Pond Trail 10/9/15
Ester joined us for a long bike ride along the shore using the Gordon Pond Trail where she biked a whopping 16 miles! She has been reluctant to bike since her ordeal in early summer that landed her in the ER with her atrial flutter flare up.  During one of her breaks on the trail I got a photo of her and Brooksyne along a raised boardwalk with Gordon Pond in the background. Also visible are two of the WW2 observation towers.

Gordon Pond Trail 10/9/15
The raised boardwalk on the Gordon Pond trail is nearly 1/2 mile long over the marsh and makes for a very pleasant ride.

Rick and Jackie Steudler 10/9/15
On Friday we met up with our good friends, Rick and Jackie Steudler, for lunch at Ruby Tuesday. Amidst the good food and lighthearted chatter we also have stimulating conversation, the kind that you think about long after you've lunched together.

Mark and Carolyn Pulliam
On the way to the shore on Thursday we stopped and enjoyed breakfast in Nottingham PA with our good friends, Mark and Carolyn Pulliam, who reside in that area. Mark continues to have many opportunities to present Christ through his hospice chaplaincy.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"I've Never Been Out Of His Care"  Video  Dallas Holm

"I've Never Been Out Of His Care"  Video  Mark Lowry & Amber Balltzglier

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