Bird Watching Me
“For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird,” Proverbs 1:17 ESV
Not sure if the bird is watching me (I wasn’t spreading a net, just taking a picture) or happened to look my way. But, it does show why this proverb is true. It’s useless to try to snare a bird if they see what you’re doing.
“but these men lie in wait for their own blood; they set an ambush for their own lives. Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain; it takes away the life of its possessors.” Proverbs 1:18-19 ESV
But then, the real point is made – those who are greedy for unjust gain, set traps for themselves, and walk straight in, even though they see the end coming.
Posted by Bill Jones on May 20, 2013
Path Through the Woods
Now, it’s an inviting 2 rut road through the woods but a month or so ago it was more inviting. That’s when I started looking at it as I drove past on the highway. I kept thinking I needed to stop and take a picture – but waited until last week to finally do so.
A month or so ago it had one particular sight that made it more inviting. That was before the trees were so full and the limbs and leaves hadn’t put on a burst of growth (lots of rain!). Particularly the one bush in the middle of the photo on the left side of the road. It covered a spot that revealed the field beyond the woods and the blaze of sunshine from the morning sun.
Thoughts of journeys through the dark woods into the light and other such post themes came to mind. But, I guess the theme now is – if we hesitate long enough, the light can become obscured. So, let’s enjoy the inviting paths into the light before we lose the way.
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ”I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 ESV
Posted by Bill Jones on May 14, 2013
Budding Pecan Tree – Sure Sign of Spring
Want a sure sign that Spring is here? Then, look for the budding pecan trees. They seem to be the last large trees around here (south Georgia) that bud out.
Want a sure sign of faith? Then look for the huge pecan trees and oak trees around the homesteads in the country. I don’t know how old this tree is, but it’s on the edge of our property and has obviously been there many years. And I do know that whoever planted it is not around to enjoy the fruits of their labor. But, they had the faith to plant it anyway.
That’s even more evident with slow growing live oaks. You can see one oak tree large enough to shade an entire house. Yet, the planters knew they wouldn’t be around when the tree reached that point. Again, they had the faith to plant it anyway – not necessarily for themselves but for generations to come.
Hebrews Chapter 11 is sometimes called the “faith” chapter because it speaks of the faith of a number of saints from Biblical times. Their acts exceeded the simple planting of a tree, but the concepts can be compared. Much of what we do, in faith today, will not have an effect until sometime in the future – whether it be tomorrow, next week, next year – or in a lifetime following ours. Chapter 12 refers to these witnesses (showing faith) and gives us instructions on how to join them as witnesses for the future generations.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
Posted by Bill Jones on May 11, 2013
Odometer hits the 400,000 mile mark
I suppose every week has some kind of milestone. We just don’t notice them all. But, last week I definitely noticed when my truck (98 Ford Ranger) hit the 400,000 mile mark. It’s been a great truck – a few repairs here and there, but otherwise great – and, I do thank the Lord often for His blessing me with it. As you see, I actually pulled off the road and took a picture at the moment of the milestone.
I’ve been telling Sharon that I’m shooting for the 500,000 mile mark and then I’ll decide what to do. As always, there’s a Lord Willin’ on that statement.
What milestone did God give you last week?
“Whether for correction or for his land or for love, he causes it to happen. “Hear this, O Job; stop and consider the wondrous works of God.” Job 37:13-14 ESV
Posted by Bill Jones on April 29, 2013