2016-08-24 / Opinion

Up The Creek Without A Paddle

One wish-
by Terry Toole

If you had one wish-

If I had one wish, I would want more. I've already had my one wish answered, many times.

As I write some of what I think, the bottom line is that our choices help determine our time, longevity, and wishes answered.

Most of my wishes are to ask for someone to get well. I've had a bunch of wishes answered in the affirmative. I've had a few answered in the negative. I'm still waiting on some to be answered.

We who consider ourselves to be Christian have all prayed to our Maker for healing. Now we who have parents, children, loved ones, and especially our mates have asked for healing.

It is natural to want to keep those we love. We are all promised that if we live, we will die. I have done some real begging, deal making, but have yet to see anyone who made it out of this world alive. I've had my prayers answered, for a while with my parents, grandparents, relatives, children, and especially my mate of over 60 years. All the affirmative answers have been great, but that one promise has gotten most.

If I had to thank Him for His greatest affirmative healing, it would be when he snatched my first wife back from the jaws of death. If there is one time my faith has been challenged, it was when we lost our first born, Tammy. I have lots of trouble with why babies and young people leave us lots too soon, especially before their parents. I still have questions why good people have terrible deaths, like Tammy. I don't question God's way of doing things. I know He sees the beginning and the end, and He doesn't make mistakes. It's is usually us who choose the wrong way.

We were asking some deep questions in Sunday School. He gave us the answers. We just need to read The Book.

At this ripe old age of 80 plus, we are promised it won't be too much longer on this earth. Since I'm in the older bunch, it seems some words of wisdom come forth on occasion. I'm not sure it's wisdom, but we've been here long enough to have more questions.

No matter how long we are here, I think that we are going to be really surprised at what our Maker really requires of us humans. It would have been much better on Him if He hadn't given us free will. Since He doesn't make mistakes, this might be one of those questions that we don't need to know the answer.

When I was praying so hard for healing, we got answers. It might not be what we would have, but if we are lucky we see good come from sorrow. I really do wonder why He puts up with that fallen angel, Lucifer, the Devil?

Just think how much better it would be if we did everything like he told us to. I wonder how many wars we would have, or how many killings there would be if we just tried to do what our Christ told us to do when He was asked, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Think about it! If we lived by these two, we couldn't do too much wrong, even you and me.

All of us fall way shy of what we are asked, but He has enough love for his creation to forgive if we have sense enough to ask and give forgiveness.

We are all not going to make it to Heaven. Some will be surprised, and some will be really surprised to see you, and especially me.

When you don't know what to pray, I've gotten where I just say, Thank You, Thank You, Amen! He understands the heart more than the tongue.

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