Sunday, December 10, 2006

The unbeliever's loss

Saying for the day: Without faith miracles go unseen.

One of the differences between believers and unbelievers is that unbelievers see coincidences where the believer sees a miracle.
Let me give you an example.
After I got out of the hospital and was so unsteady on my feet Betty and I decide that we would have no more dogs. We were afraid the dog would knock me down. Besides we didn’t want to get a dog sitter when we went to visit the kids.
My sister Dawn knew this.
Yet one day she calls to tell me that she was in a restaurant and on the bulletin board there was an advertisement for a pure bred English Spaniel, the kind of dog I grew up with. Would I be interested?
I remembered that my daughter was thinking of getting an English Spaniel so I called her but she pointed out that things were too chaotic at the new house to have a dog at this time.
I knew my son and family dog had just died and that Peter felt it was too soon to get a new dog. But I called and asked if they would take care of the dog until the new home was ready for it.
Much to my surprise he said yes after consulting with the family.
So I called my sister. By this time the dog could be gone.
She gave me a telephone number and I called the family with the dog.
They wanted $90 and I was not prepared to pay that for a dog I had never even seen.
So we talked and they came down to $50. I told them I would take the dog.
I called my sister and she said she would go and get the dog and bring it the 90 miles to the house in Crystal.
On the trip Uncle Paul fell in love with it and offered to keep it. They paid the $50.
When I saw the dog I fell in love with it too so I said we’d take it.
It seemed to sense my problem and didn’t jump on me.
We left some of the stuff we were taking to the new house to make room for the dog and went to Peter’s house.
There the dog stayed.
Some days later when my grandson was playing with the dog my daughter-in law asked where the dog came from. He answered “ I got him from heaven. I was missing my other dog, so I asked God to send me a dog to play with and he sent me this one. So, I named him Spanky, the royal dog. Isn't he perfect, mom?"
A whole set of circumstances that lead to a little boy’s prayer being answered.
I see a miracle.
I see the hand of God.
The unbeliever sees only coincidences. The poor unbeliever.

News from Pigeon Falls– The little town in my garage where trains still run and the end may be coming soon-Petrovich stopped in for coffee at Nancy’s and she got to ask him a question. She wanted to know how anybody could possibly believe that Pigeon Falls would be a target for a terrorist . Petrovich said it is the logical target if you want to scare a maximum number of people. If you blow up part of New York or Chicago people will be angry but they will feel safe in their small town that could never be a target. But if you blow up the small town then you know that nobody is safe. Aside from that the small town has no defenses. It does not expect an attack. And it won’t take much of a bomb to wipe it from the face of the earth. Now Nancy is watching for Arabs with a trunk.
Eino says he still thinks its all nonsense. The town is not going to end and that’s that.
Mrs. Maki says she felt another rumble this morning and she is sure an earthquake is coming.
Pastor Marvel preached on getting ready not for an end but for anew beginning when Christ comes again. All the churches were full this morning. One wonders if it has to do with the five days left before doomsday?

Link for the day:Blueapples- Remember to leave the words Dr. John in the comments to get real JCPOINTS. Check HERE for your total.
Sometimes we miss a Word from God. This morning I read a comment on this blog by Javanagogh on obeying the speed limit. Then we left to go to my grandaughter's Sunday School play. I have a big Pontiac Montana Van and when its going fast it still feels slow. My daughter was driving and I was paying no attention. Then the nice policeman stopped us. Fourteen miles over the 65 mile limit. $ 180 fine. Life would be better if we paid attention to the speed laws.My daughter acted like the Christian she is and thanked the officer . The program, however, was great. My grandaughter had two solo parts and unlike me she can sing. I loved it. Then we went shopping. Got back to the house late. Now I eeda breathing treatment.


Blogger tshsmom said...

I LOVE your saying! I'm borrowing it for my header for this season.

Isn't it amazing how intuitive dogs are? I just wrote a post about the abused dog that adopted my parents. She was a miracle too!

I was the first person to post at blueapples today. She's my daughter. I was quite surprised to find her blog listed here. I found you through my good friend at cinderellandme. I'll be back. ;)

5:02 AM  
Blogger The Rev. Dr. Kate said...

Faith is a gift - and the eyes to see and ears to hear and a heart to marvel are truly treasures for the faithful!

5:42 AM  
Anonymous janvangogh said...

Petrovich needs to think his theory through. Yes, maybe in the short term it would scare the most people. But it would not disable the most people, nor would it take the most governmental resources to deal with the consequences.

It would be an attack and a return attacks would quickly follow -- and they would not target the sparsely populated areas. Petrovich must be counting on a terrorist who wants to be the last of his kind left.

So many little things drive life in one direction as opposed to the other.

How often you heard someone say you just missed so n so when you have gone someplace? I sometimes wonder what life would be like if we all followed the traffic signs correctly -- ie, no speeding, no running yellow lights, etc. Who would we meet?

God put those in authority over us. Most of the time, we never interact with our elected officials. But nearly every day, we do come in contact with the "authority" in traffic laws. Who would we meet how would our lives be different if we all obeyed the traffic rules?

5:48 AM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

Alright, you did it, you made me cry!

6:34 AM  
Blogger goldennib said...

Believing is so much better.

6:38 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

I can give testimony to quite a few unmistakenable miracles that happened in my life. Yessirree, I'm a believer through and through.

My favorite funny miracle would be after I came home from the hospital after surgery. You know how they tend to send us folks home a little too early these days. Well, my husband had to go to work and had to leave immobile me on the sofa. He hooked me up with books, drinks, eats in a little cooler next to me. Shortly after he left I realized he forgot to bring me the stereo remote.

See our TV's volume had stopped working for well over a year. We had to tune the VCR into the AUX jack in our stereo to listen to TV. I had the VCR and TV remote but could see the stereo remote all the way over ontop of the entertainment out of my reach.

I grumbled and said something to the tune of "Oh God, if only You could fix TV sets."

No kidding, right then at that very moment the TV speakers started working when they hadn't for over a year. About blasted me off of the sofa the volume was set so high.

After I finally settled down and absorbed the moment. I laughed so hard and that hurt! Because my surgery was right in my abdoman where you laugh from. Ouch! That made me laugh harder and realize, God not only can do miracles, He can fix TV's and has a sense of humor.

Millions of people in the earth needed so much more at that very moment, but God cared enough for me and my silly little problem. He is awesome.

9:04 AM  
Anonymous happy and blue 2 said...

It is a beautiful story and a miracle..

9:55 AM  
Blogger butterflies said...

I dont believe in coincidences.I know that God directs our paths.If we give our lives to Him,then He takes care of us.
Your grandson prayed for a miracle,your sister heard the prayer,her hand was shown to the notice in the resturant,you bargined the price down;)the dog is lovely and didnt jump on you.Its all a miracle:) God is SO good!

12:02 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Dr John, SNAP
shaggy dog story
Wishing you a fine Sunday!

12:14 PM  
Blogger Catch said...

I think the whole Linna family needs what Spanky is giving you all...he reminds you of your other dog, the grandkids, who miss their other dog, and Betty just plain loves the dog. That precious dog brought a lot of miracles with him, didnt he?

1:21 PM  
Blogger QuillDancer said...

Miracles are not as rare as people would believe.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Chana said...

what a beautiful story. Luke is so lucky to have gotten the right pup. i believe in miracles too. i see so often. they all don't have to be earth shattering but they still are gifts from God. the puppy must be so precious to have so many have fallen for him. he is the right dog for the whole Linna family and will bring you all many years of memories and cuddles and love and protection. i'm happy for Luke and i'm happy for you.
Petrovich did explain very well why a small town be a target but i am still with Eino that this is not an issue-i hope we are right.
i'm glad all the churches are filling up. it seems that uncertainty and fear often makes us reconsider our proximity to Our Lord.
Brea must have sounded like an angel. I'm so pleased that she had all her family there to enjoy her performance. pls pass on the congratulations.
i'm so sorry about the ticket. that is alot, alot of money. i can only imagine how much harder it must be specially now with all the extra cost of the moving and holiday shopping. ouch..
so glad you liked the pictures. thank you for your nice email.
pls pass on hugs to Betty and our love to both of you. rest peacefully and without no beeping alarms.

6:00 PM  
Anonymous janvangogh said...


Sorry about the ticket. I have a lead foot myself. (I need to take my own advice)

One has to wonder who you would have come in the door with, who you would have sat next to had you gotten there a bit later. Who did God have in mind for you to meet?

I am not disciplined enough to stick to the speed limits. But I think that if I ever question what God's will/plan for me is, I need to make sure to follow the rules He has put in place getting from one place to the next as the person who may have that answer may be there when God wants.

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

Even for the faithful it is often easy to see God's hand in the situations of others, but difficult in our own.

2:18 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

I see miracles!

3:18 AM  
Anonymous loisontheweb said...

I read & re-read your wonderful entry; each time I could not stop the tears.

"If you pray to God for something ... are you listening?" Often I find myself doing something that seems out-of-place or unexplainable. Then, it turns out that it is as tho I had been "told" to do it that way.

3:39 AM  
Blogger jafabrit said...

what is wrong with believing in beautiful coincidences ;)

It is wonderful your dog found a home where it is so wanted and love. That is truly a blessing.

5:41 AM  
Blogger SME said...

Well, that was a lovely surprise! I just read all the comments from your readers, Dr. John, and enjoyed them very much - thanks, everyone.

Perhaps there are genuine coincidences in this world, but I think they're quite rare. ;)

5:48 AM  

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