Friday

Experienced Lumberjack Needed!



In 1908, a large & well established Canadian
lumber camp advertised that they were looking
for an experienced Lumberjack.

The very next day, a skinny
little man showed
up at the camp with his axe, and knocked on
the manager's door. The head lumberjack took
one look at the little man and told him to leave.

"My name is Morris, I am 72, just give me a chance
to show you what I can do," said the skinny man.

"Okay, see that giant redwood over there?" said
the manager. "Take your axe and go cut it down."

Old skinny Morris headed for the tree, and in five
minutes he was back knocking on the manager's
door. ..."So I cut the tree down already," said the
Morris.

The lumberjack manager couldn't believe his eyes
and said, "Where did you get the skill to chop down
trees like that?"

"In the Sahara Forest," replied old Morris.

"You mean the Sahara Desert," said the lumberjack.

Morris laughed and answered back... "Oh sure, that's
what they call it now!"

4 comments:

Ravi Zacharias - RZIM said...

The Long Night


My wife and I were returning home on an evening in October. As we drove,
we were both concerned about the five year-old son of our dear friends.
Over a 24 hour period, Noah had become quite sick. Even as we were
praying silently, we received word that the doctor had ordered a brain
scan. In that one moment our hearts swung from concern to anxiety. Yes,
we have been told by the Lord we cannot add a single hour to our lives by
worrying. But that evening the Lord Jesus graciously bore with our
limitations for he knew in his heart that we were indeed very worried.

What would your prayer be at such a moment? What if you were in the place
of these parents? How would you get through this long night?

When Abraham left Haran he was 75 years old. At this point, God had
already promised to make him into a great nation. But his son Isaac would
not arrive until after a quarter century of waiting! Years later, Genesis
22 depicts the Lord asking Abraham for that very son as a sacrifice. In
verse two the Lord makes his asking known. Verse three begins by stating,
"Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took
with him two of his servants and his son Isaac." What is it that
transpired between verse two and verse three? The answer is short and
simple: a night. But the agony was neither short nor simple. If King
Darius could neither eat nor sleep on the night when Daniel was put into
the lion's den, how much more was the agony of Abraham? This was arguably
Abraham's longest night ever. The night has its unique way of amplifying
fears and anxieties. There in the long night, the shadows seem longer,
the lights seem dimmer, and the enemy seems bigger. The psalmist spoke of
one such night when he wrote, "I am worn out from groaning; all night long
I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears" (Psalm 6:6).


If you are facing your long night it may help to remember that you are not
alone. Abraham went through his. Many of the prophets went through
theirs. Most importantly, the Lord Jesus went through his at Gethsemane.
In such moments we do well to remember that the night may be long, but it
cannot be forever and that long nights have a unique way of unraveling
treasures from the heart of God. As the psalmist wrote, "At night his
song is with me" (42:8). Jeremiah, too, wrote in his Lamentations,
"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions
never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness"
(3:22-23). By the ordinance of a loving God even the longest night of
agony must make way for a new morning of hope. Weeping may remain for a
night, but rejoicing comes in the morning (cf. Psalm 30:5).

Sadly, for our friends, their long night had only begun. Noah's scan would
reveal a mass near his brainstem and he would be scheduled for
neurosurgery. Like Abraham their burden was both unexpected and
unimaginable. As Abraham saddled his donkey that next morning a heavy
burden was saddled to his heart. If only he could have snapped the cords
that held this burden to him! Yet paradoxically, for him relief would
come only after he allowed himself to be bound to this burden, for the
cords were tied by the very hands of God.

Interestingly, in Genesis 22:5 Abraham says to his servants, "Stay here
with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and
then we will come back to you." Was he speaking the truth when he turned
a singular into a plural? Should he not have said, "We will
worship and then I will come back to you."? Had not God asked him
to sacrifice Isaac as a burnt offering on one of those mountains? Had he
worked out some other human plan to save his son or was he deliberately
creating a false impression in the minds of his servants? Was this only a
father's way of hiding from his beloved son the treacherous intent of his
heart? Was Abraham a victim of his own wishful thinking as he found
himself without hope on the dead-end road of his commitment? Or was there
perhaps something more going on?

On the morning of Noah's surgery, we prayed with him before the doctors
would attempt to remove the mass. Our friends were given a new courage
that morning, reflecting a special peace from God. After eight hours of
successful surgery and a biopsy report that read "benign," little Noah was
brought out of the operating theatre. To everyone's joy, he came out with
his "hi-beam smile" and broke the silence when he whispered, "Daddy, let
us go back home!" The long night had indeed given way to a new day of
promise.

When Abraham said "we will return," I believe he was not making a
grammatical mistake. On the contrary, he was making a statement of
faith--faith in the God who had given him Isaac and into whose hands he
had placed him back. In the long night, our only legitimate way of escape
comes from God who is faithful and who will not let us be tempted with more
than we can bear (cf. 1 Corinthians 10:13). And God is indeed faithful!
We never truly lose what we place in God's hands.

Arun Andrews is associate apologist with Ravi Zacharias International
Ministries in Bangalore, India.

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Professor Howdy said...

"The Spice Girls say they want to play for Nelson Mandela's
90 birthday party. When he heard this he said, 'No thanks,
I'd rather go back to prison.'" -Conan O'Brien

Roger - Oxford U. said...

I walked into my sister's kitchen and found my nephew,
Mitch, having a snack.

"Where's your mother?" I asked.

"She said she was going to have a shower. Just a second,
I'll see."

Mitch went to the kitchen tap and turned the hot water on
full blast.

An indignant yell came from above.

Mitch calmly turned off the tap and said, "Yep, she's in
the shower."

Anonymous said...

The world would be much better off if Abraham would have had but one son!

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