Detours Are Not Always Bad

As I made my way down the street, I came upon a road construction sign. The sign was huge and fluorescent orange; it sure enough got my attention.  The words clearly marked: “ROAD CLOSED”.  Taking heed to the sign, I momentarily paused trying to decide which direction to take.  However, I took a detour to the right and continued to my destination. Why was the road closed?  Was the area flooded due to the heavy rains?  Could it have been trees that had fallen and blocked the path?  I may never know the reason, but the sign was a sure …

Waiting in the Wings

  The stage is dark and you’re expecting the lights to come on and the curtain to rise.  The first act is over and by now you’re on an extended intermission wondering will the second act ever begin. —-Many actors suffer from this anxiety while on stage waiting in the wings. Has it ever seemed like you were waiting in the wings for the next scene of your life to start?  Have you been waiting for things to change?  Waiting for something to happen.  Waiting for life to get back to normal.  Waiting for a good job.  Waiting for the …

The Power to Encourage

  Encouragement is powerful.  It’s incredible.  It inspires, it motivates and it lifts people up.  On the other hand, discouragement is just the opposite.  It put people down, it hurt and injure them.  And for some, it stop them in their tracks and keep them from moving forward. In the book of Acts we are told of a man by the name of Barnabas.  While there are many aspects of his life, it is specifically noted in Acts [4:36] that he is called the “Son of Consolation.”  However, Barnabas was certainly good at “lifting another’s spirit”. Consequently we see the …

Can Anything Good Come From There?

  Nazareth was not considered the village of fame.  It was a small obscure village hidden in the hills of Galilee with nothing happening.  There weren’t any buying and selling routes running through it, so it had no commercial value.  It was a community off the beaten path, being the ideal place for many outcasts to make their home. The reputation of the town was so bad that when Philip told Nathanael he had found the Messiah‚ Nathanael’s immediate response was‚ “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?”  Instead of arguing against Nathanael’s protest, Philip simply answered, “Come and see.”  …

The Rainbow Comes After the Rain

Jacob is alone, beside the River Jabbok during the night. Without warning, he is thrown to the ground by a man.  Needless to say, “the fight was on”.  Jacob and the man fought hard, wrestling violently until Jacob’s hip was ripped out of joint by the force of the man’s blow. Then the man said to Jacob, ”Let me go, for it is daybreak.”  But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”  Then the man asked his name, and when Jacob answered, the man said, you shall no longer be called Jacob, but you have …

Fresh Strength

The prophet Isaiah uses very beautiful imagery to portray the strength that God gives to those who trust in Him.  In the strength of the LORD we begin to soar like eagles.  The eagle is a picture of confidence, flying so effortlessly and gracefully.  But when the eagle loses its strength to fly, it then flies to a high mountain and wait there for rejuvenation.  After the overall restoration process, it has fresh strength and is then ready to fly to even higher heights. A greater example is found in Matthew [14:23]  “After times of preaching and healing, Jesus backed …