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?
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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.