"...and I will dwell in the House of the LORD forever!"

Monday, September 24, 2012

Saved by a Shark?

If Gilligan thought he was in a predicament with his “three hour tour”, he should have met Toakai Teitoi from the island of Maiana. Toakai was travelling back home with his brother in law. It was supposed to be a short, easy voyage, but during the trip, they decided to fish along the way, but they fell asleep. When they woke up the next morning, they realized they had drifted miles from shore in their fifteen foot wooden boat. They tried to sail back to shore, but they ran out of fuel, and shortly after, drinking water. Dehydration set in, and it was so severe that Toakai’s brother in law died on July 4th, 2012. Toakai slept next to him that evening in that cramped boat, and the next morning buried him at sea.

The night his brother in law died, Toakai prayed earnestly for God to save him. The next day, there was a massive storm, and Toakai was able to fill five-gallon containers with fresh water, but as the weeks and months continued to pass, so did Toakai’s chances for survival.

On September 11th, 2012, Toakai woke up to the sound of loud scratching against his boat, as a massive shark was bumping against its hull. As Toakai came to his senses, he saw another boat full of fishermen, ready to take him home. Toakai believes that shark was God coming to the rescue, because without it, he would have never seen the fishermen in the distance.

God used a massive fish to save Jonah. God used a donkey to save Balaam. God used a bronze snake to save the Israelites. God used a shark to save Toakai Teitoi. What will God use to save you?

When you find yourself “lost at sea”, keep your eyes open and your faith alive. He can rescue you in ways you can’t imagine. As they say, “stranger things have happened.”

Monday, September 10, 2012

Outlining an Obituary

Have you ever outlined your obituary? Ever thought about writing your own? If you have, meet Val Patterson.

Mr. Patterson passed away a few weeks ago, but before he passed, he included some “important” details to the local newspaper. His obituary began with the usual loving tribute to family members and his personal resume of accomplishments, but then it transitioned to Patterson’s confessions. Patterson, a man who lived by the motto, “Anything for a laugh”, lifted these humorous burdens off his chest.

1) University of Utah

“When I went to pay off my college student loan, the girl working the desk put my receipt into the wrong file, and two weeks later, a PhD diploma came in the mail. I didn’t even graduate. I only had about three years of college credit. In fact, I never learned what the letters PhD stood for, but they did provide a professional career in engineering. Thank You University of Utah!”

2) Disneyland and Sea World

“Now you can throw away the ‘Banned for Life’ file you have on me. I’m not a problem anymore.”

3) Park Ranger

To that really mean Park Ranger—it was me who rolled those rocks into your geyser and ruined it. However, I did notice that you were able to get Old Faithful working again. Sorry about that.”

Even from the grave, Val Patterson honors his motto. These confessions provide a few laughs, but, if you sat down and outlined your obituary, what would you include? Would you seek a worldly laugh, or would you sustain a godly legacy?

Even if you’re a “humorous” soul, choose the latter. On the Day of Judgment it will be holiness, not humor, which warrants the words, “Enter into the joy of your Lord.”