The Reading Room
Pg 5 - The Sunshine Express
Andrew, a friend, told me a story this morning.
There was a man who worried. He worried
about everything. When all appeared to be ok, he
looked for something to worry about. His friends
were concerned that he would worry himself into
a heart attack.
One day when the man was out walking he ran
into his friends who were also walking about.
After a short conversation, it was apparent to his
friends that the gentleman¡¯s mood had made a
total turn around. He was relaxed, happy, com-
pletely worry free.
When asked about his present state of mind, the
man informed them that he had hired a man to
worry for him, therefore freeing himself from the
heavy burden of worry. Astonished, his friends
asked the cost for such a service. When told $500
a day they were shocked, inquiring how he could
pay such a debt. They were told, ¡°Well, I will just
let him worry about that!¡±
I felt like the man in the story. I had been over-
come with worry the past two weeks. I was
worried about our upcoming trip to Denver.
Worry- will the highway be snow-packed or dry?
Worry- will we be able to find University Hospi-
tal in time for my appointment? Worry- what will
the tests entail? Worry- what will the final report
be? I tossed and turned in the late night hours. I
had difficulty concentrating and I was not hun-
gry. I wished I had someone to take MY worries.
I needed to get out of the house!! When husband
asked if I wanted to go fishing with him, I did not
hesitate with my ¡°yes.¡±
During our courtship and early years of mar-
riage, I¡¯d grab my pole and tackle box and fish
alongside him. Now I find, more often I bring a
book, sitting stream side, a cheering section of
one when he reels in the fish. This day, I choose
to stay in the jeep and - worry.
Rolling the windows down I hear the sage breez-
es singing in dry grasses. Occasionally they hop-
scotch through the Jeep ruffling my hair. Snow
must be starting to melt up high causing the river
to rise and noisily rush over stones lying in its
path. Afternoon sun shining fully through jeep
windows is warm. Andrew¡¯s story rolls across
my mind again. I think ¡°if I just had someone. . .¡±
It was then that a quiet voice spoke into my spirit,
¡°I am here.¡± Peace, peace that passes all under-
standing, folded itself around me at that moment.
I recognized the voice of the shepherd. How
could I have allowed myself to be sidetracked
the past weeks? I had only to hand my worries to
God, the one who cares for me. Leaning my head
back against the seat, I slept.
I must remember to thank Andrew. His story
came at the exact time I needed to hear it. Re-
flecting on his story opened the door to revela-
tion. God is Good.
¡°Casting the whole of your cares (all your anxiet-
ies, all your worries, all your concerns, once and
for all} on Him, for he cares for you affectionately
and cares about you watchfully. ¡° - 1Peter 5:7
(Karen Schafer lives in & writes about life from
¡°On one of these journeys, I arrived in the city
where I planned to collect money from a bank,
purchase medicine and supplies, and then begin
my two-day journey back to the field hospital.
Upon arrival in the city, I observed two men
fighting, one of whom had been seriously injured.
I treated him for his injuries and at the same time
talked to him about the Lord.
¡°I then traveled two days, camping overnight,
and arrived home without incident. Two weeks
later I repeated my journey.
¡°Upon arriving in the city, I was approached by
the young man I had treated. He told me that he
had known I carried money and medicines. He
said, ¡°Some friends and I followed you into the
jungle, knowing you would camp overnight. We
planned to kill you and take your money and the
drugs. But, just as we were about to move into
your camp, we saw that 13 armed guards sur-
rounded you.¡± At this, I laughed and said that, ¡°I
was certainly all alone in that jungle campsite.¡±
¡°The young man pressed the point, however, and
said, ¡°No, sir, I was not the only person to see
the guards. My friends also saw them and we all
counted them. It was because of those 13 guards
that we were afraid and left you alone.¡±¡±
At this point in the story, one of the men in the
congregation jumped to his feet, interrupted the
missionary, and asked if he would please tell him
the exact day that this had happened. The mis-
sionary told the congregation the date, and the
man who had interrupted proceded to relate the
¡°On the night of your incident in Africa, it was
morning here and I was preparing to go play
golf. I was about to putt when I felt the urge to
pray for you. In fact, the urging of the Lord was
so strong that I called some men in this church to
meet with me here in the sanctuary afterwards
to pray for you. Would all of those men who met
with me on that day stand up with me now?¡±
All of the men who had met together to pray that
day stood up. There were 13 men standing.
Treasures From The Inbox
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you¡¯re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low, and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is press-
ing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but
don¡¯t you quit.
Success is failure
turned inside out,
The silver tint of the
clouds of doubt,
And you can never
tell how close you
It may be near when
it seems afar.
So, stick to the fight
when you¡¯re hardest
It¡¯s when things
go wrong that you
- Author Unknown
Army of Angels
A missionary on furlough told the following true
story while visiting his home church.
¡°While serving at a small field hospital in Africa,
every two weeks I traveled by bicycle through the
jungle to a nearby city for supplies. This was a
journey of two days and required camping over-
night at the halfway point.
Spring is in the air and with it comes a new-
ness of life and a good time for all to renew our
priorities in life. As we travel the road of life we
have a tendency to become trapped in the revolv-
ing door of the world and we tend to neglect
our own well being. Spring is the perfect time to
break through the cocoon that holds us captive
and to once again spread our wings and enjoy
the rebirth of life. The time for self-reflection is
here, we all have the ability to put our hearts and
minds in sync with each other, and like most
things this will take time and patience. I know
that we have all heard the saying ¡°Anything
worth while doesn¡¯t come easy,¡± so be sure to put
patience into practice and look further than what
is in front of you at that moment. Look to the big
picture and where you want to be in life. Many
things will have to be done; sacrifice and gain
will play hand in hand to bring you to the next
step in life. Happiness and harmony are there for
those who are willing to work for it. There will
be times when you just want to give up on your
dreams and goals, but I tell you again, patience is
literally your best friend. Stay positive and place
positive people around you. Everyone experi-
ences challenges and setbacks, but all you need
to know is that you can do whatever you set your
mind to, just set your intentions and go! Choose
your friends carefully as it is your circle of friends
and family that will help you succeed and get
through the toughest of times. Lead your path
with ¡°Love¡± as it is God¡¯s greatest gift to us and it
holds the key to all things good!!
(Mark Looper of The Pony Expresso shares
inspirational thoughts and lessons learned in life
from Dolores, CO. www.unseenenergynow.com)
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