Real Time Web Analytics

Clicky

Strong Faith Brings Peace

Photo credit: Taylor Dawn Fortune via Photopin CC

I learned to swim in childhood, but it was only this summer that I achieved complete mastery of myself in the water. For 30 years I had assumed that I must constantly struggle to keep from sinking.

One day an expert swimmer watched me for a few minutes & then cried: “Stop fighting the water & trust it to hold you up. Use your strength & get somewhere.”

Under his direction, a few moments sufficed to convince me he was right. I lay flat in the water without moving hands or feet & to my delight, it held me up. Then I struck out, using my strength to forge ahead. What a revelation! Why did not someone tell me that years ago?

So many constantly struggle to be Christians, when if they would only trust Christ they would be kept.

 

*

True patience means “waiting without worrying.”

 *

You will never learn faith in comfortable surroundings.

 *

In a cellar in Cologne, Germany after WW2 were found these words on the wall:

  *

I BELIEVE …

I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining;
I believe in love, even when I feel it not;
I believe in God, even when He is silent.

*

Hannah Whithall Smith tells about a man sliding down a rope into a well. He supposed the rope to be of ample length, but to his dismay he reached the end of it without touching the bottom of the well with his feet. He tried in vain to climb up the rope, & dared not let go for fear of being dashed to pieces. He held on as long as he could, & when utterly exhausted let the rope slip from his grasp. He fell–just three inches!

*

Dwight L. Moody’s favourite verse was Isaiah 12:2: “I will trust, & not be afraid.” He used to say: “You can travel first class or second class to Heaven. Second class is, ‘What time I am afraid, I will trust.’ First class is, ‘I will trust, & not be afraid.’ That is the better way. Why not buy a first-class ticket?”

 *

Bishop Bashford, in one of his Episcopal tours in China, was one night compelled to sleep outdoors, under the trees, the hotel keeper warning him about marauders. Being watchful & wakeful awhile, he thought of the words of the Psalmist, & then said to the Lord, “There is no use both of us being wake,” so he slept the sleep of the just.

  *

George W. Boschke was the famous engineer who built the gigantic sea wall to protect Galveston, Texas, from the horrible floods which had brought disaster to the city. He built his sea wall with a sure confidence of a thoroughgoing engineer & master workman. From Galveston he went to Oregon to build railroads in an undeveloped section of the state. Boschke was in a camp 40 miles away from the nearest railroad when an exhausted messenger rode in & handed a telegram to his assistant. The message said that the Galveston sea wall had been washed away by a second furious hurricane. The assistant was in consternation & dreaded to hand the telegram to his chief. Boschke read the telegram, smiled, handed it back & said, “This telegram is a black lie. I built that wall to stand.”

He turned away & went about his work. It turned out that the message was based on a false report. True, there had been a hurricane as severe as that which had flooded the city before, but Boschke’s sea wall had not been moved. It stood firm. “I built that wall to stand,” said Boschke & went smiling about his work amid rumours of disaster.

Photo credit: Taylor Dawn Fortune via Photopin CC

Add Comment Register



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>