The Old Wagon

IMG_20150814_141345693“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.” (Proverbs 21:30)

September 2015 is a month many have been watching as there is so much happening. Many point to the fulfillment of scriptures, and I’d be telling a lie if I said I haven’t also noticed the significance of specific events as they relate to scriptures which foretell the end times.

However, God has never shared with anyone when the Rapture will occur. We only know the Rapture begins the seven years of tribulation and those of us who are believers will be taken to heaven to escape the terrors which follow. I believe God didn’t want us to think about the date or worry about it. Instead He wants us to live each day with obedience and love, being a beacon of light to a darkened world, and yes, enjoying the hours He gives us.

There are religious extremists who spew hatred and death to all who do not believe as they do. They spread fear and rumors and kill when they can with no regard to lives, whether men, women, or children. They have plans to take over the world. But Proverbs 21:30 tells us no plan can succeed against the Lord.

God hardens the hearts of man when it falls into line with fulfilling His will. Today this is evident all around the world, just as it was when He sent Moses to free the Israelites from Pharaoh’s hold. God’s plan unfolded just as He wanted. God’s plan for us is still in action today. Fear only worshiping the wrong idols and being caught in Satan’s clutches.

One thing I know for sure is we shouldn’t become prisoners of fear. If we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and if we trust in God, have faith, and our hearts are right with Him, then what is to fear? Death? Why? We all must die once, but then we will be moving into an eternal life that is what God planned for us since the beginning of time. No more wars, no more tears, no more hate. A lifetime of peace and love. I’m not afraid of death. My only prayer would be if I’m faced with a choice of denying God or dying, I’ll be strong enough to become a martyr and die for Him.

So why the picture of the old wagon? I took this when I was touring a historical village. As I looked at it, pictures played through my mind of how difficult travel was in the days when horse and wagon were the only means of getting from one distant place to another. Imagine the bumpy rides, the swaying back and forth, the perils of weather, and thieves. Wagons didn’t get flat tires. If a wheel came off, it would mean hours of hard labor to repair, if it could be repaired at all. I liken the old wagon to humanity today. Our lives are bumpy rides and filled with many potholes. As we travel, we can be stopped in our tracks with a broken wheel in the guise of illnesses, diseases, and disasters. We bear the scars of time, yet we continue on with life despite the obstacles. God created us to be resilient souls, not to give up, not to allow broken wheels to stop us.

May God bring you peace of mind as you rest under His mighty wings and shelter from the storms of life.


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