Thursday, October 30, 2008

Hands. Choices. Responses. Great Expectations.

Hands. Referring to the last name of my in-laws. Referring to the appendages God attached to the end of our arms. Hands. Made for slapping. For striking. For clapping. For grasping. For enbracing. For feeling. For protecting. For writing. For working. For praying. For praising. For blessing. So many choices for how we will use our hands today.

Choices. So many choices about how we will live today.

Responses. God orchestrates the circumstances. We choose how to respond.

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Psalm 150:6.

Things are shaping up for our departure from here tomorrow. Operation Determination is underway. By tomorrow afternoon, Lord willing, I should be settled in a log cabin retreat in Beach Lake.

As I lay here in this hospital bed on Park Street in Honesdale, I am enjoying intermittent rays of sunlight. Reminders of God's love for me. Reminders of God's presence with me. Reminders of the abundant life that I have been given in Jesus Christ.

My wife just called from our home in Browdale. I may never step foot inside it again. I am thankful for God's provision. For soon, I - we - will all be stepping into the doorway to eternity with Jesus.

Only God knows what this day has in store. In the blink of an eye, we - all who have placed their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and accepted His free gift of eternal life - could all be taken from here in the Rapture - together. Have you considered how cool that would be? Or God could choose to move my legs and allow me to walk again. Again, He orchestrates the days, we respond.

Great Expectations. It is a shame how we put such limits on God's ability to do great things. His power is limitless. His resources are limitlesss. Let's learn to expect big things from our Great God! Let's learn to have great expectations.


Kelly said...

Glad to hear about you getting out of there tomorrow being with your family and those that love you! What a blessing for everyone!

I don't read over the weekend, so I will look forward to hearing about the move on Monday!

May God continue to Bless you all and may the pain be raised to him! Always in my thoughts and prayers! Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures, you are such a lucky man in so many ways and your family is blessed to have you as their role model! What an amazing journey--thank you so much for letting us all go along and most important learn; you continue to teach every day!!

May God Continue to Bless---

Kelly Savitz-Hoherchak
McAdoo, PA

Penny said...

Amen to the last comment! We follow you every day Mt. Bond & yes, you are still teaching both students & parents!! May God continue His outpouring of love, grace, & strength to you and your family. We are also praying for the McLaughlin family & thank God for them.
Love & hugs,
Penny & Mandie

Penny said...

that is "Mr" Bond, even though you have the faith to move a Mt.!!

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