October 3, 2020
“How precious to me are Your Thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand ...” Psalm 139:17
Did you know that God can use a grain of sand to humble you? A few years ago, after I received recognition at work, I was strutting like a rooster in front of my place of employment. I looked down and saw an ant rambling across the sidewalk. A thought entered my head when I saw it. I am to this ant like God is to me and I could kill it right now. As I decided the ant’s fate, that inner voice from within my soul said, “Compared to ME, you are like a grain of sand at the bottom of the Indian Ocean.” Wow! What a humbling revelation! I immediately asked God to forgive me for having such a vainglorious attitude.
Just the other day at the beach, God used grains of sand to humble the driver of a new vehicle equipped with lots of bells and whistles. The truck had everything but toilet paper. What do you call a new truck without four-wheel drive on soft sand? Answer: Quatro Cinco! – all four tires submerged in countless grains of sand. If the driver had read his vehicle manual, he would have learned that his new vehicle was equipped with traction control. With one push of the button, the driver could have spared himself of humiliation, frustration and anger by taking the traction control off. Guess who the driver of the new truck was?
We go through life with our personal traction control set to on. We think we can speed through the sand dunes of life without any fear of getting stuck. Life will become easier if we set our personal traction control to off and let Jesus Take the Wheel. Hmm! I bet you can almost hear Carrie Underwood singing right now. I also hear the lyrics, “On Christ the Solid Rock I will stand; all other ground is sinking sand.”
How many grains of sand are in an hourglass? Who knows? Who cares? How many grains of sand are in your ‘hourglass’ that represents the length of your life? I certainly care about that as I know my days are numbered. Time is running out for all of us. My job in retirement is to write about our Heavenly Father (Three in One) so I can help others on this Golden Walk as we march towards Heaven.
Here is a thought that came yesterday from a revision of the Serenity prayer.
God Grant Me the Serenity to Accept People I Cannot Change
The Courage to Change the One I can
And the Wisdom to Know when the Change Needs to Be Me.
From Broken Walk: Searching For Wisdom, “A young man tries to change the world … a wise man does better by changing himself.”
If you want to accept Christ as your Savior and have him take control of your life, sincerely ask Him to be your Savior:
“Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life, I ask you into my life and heart to be my Lord and Savior. I want to serve you always.”
Our days on earth are numbered but our days in Eternity are immeasurable like grains of sand.