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The Waves of Jesus

In his new book, Bob Goff speaks of going to a village in Uganda in order to determine how he could best help the poor, suffering people who lived there.  As he made his way through the village, a group of smiling children invited him to play soccer with them.  Bob played with the children for a time and then concluded his business.  Afterward, as Bob and his driver began to drive away from the village, he noticed a number of the children following.  He waved at the children who smiled and ran even faster in pursuit. Bob turned and waved even more vigorously, and the crowd of children grew to about twenty.  Greatly appreciative of the children’s obvious affection, Bob began to wave with both hands and the crowd of running children increased to thirty or more.  Finally, when Bob was virtually exhausted from waving, his driver told him that in America, waving at someone means “hello”, or “goodbye”, but in Uganda it means “follow me.”

As believers we respond to Jesus’ welcoming waves as an invitation to spend time with Him. He waves, and we set aside time for Him in the morning.  He waves, and we meet with Him in small groups.  He waves and we gather in His presence to sing His praises. These are all wonderful things to do, but when Jesus waves, He means more than just “hello” and “goodbye.”  The waves of Jesus mean, “follow Me.” 

Matthew 4:19 – “And He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’  Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.”

In Him,

Bro Jeff

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Hand in Hand

There was true greatness in my father. He was remarkably athletic.  Years of throwing fifty-pound sacks of potatoes on the family farm resulted in him developing impressive strength and this, along with a natural speed and quickness, led to him excelling in sports in high school, and later professionally in the baseball minor leagues - despite the fact that he was only 5’6” tall.

My father was also very intelligent.  His family’s finances made it difficult for him to pursue higher education, but as a young man he studied philosophy and law on his own.  While working at a construction job to support his young, growing family, he researched and developed new ways of planning and scheduling commercial construction projects. These innovations eventually led to his becoming a construction manager on a number of nuclear power plants.

My Father was also truly patriotic. He served with honor in the elite 82nd Airborne Division as a young adult, and throughout the rest of his life he remained involved in bettering the community. The greatness of my father was also evident in his humility, compassion, and faith.   He lived what he believed every day in the way he led his family, went out of his way to help others, and served His Savior as an active Deacon in the church.  There was true greatness in my father.  I have never met another man like him.

But, as a child, the greatest thing about my father was that this strong, intelligent, honorable, faithful man, loved me.  To me, the safest and most secure place in all the world was anywhere I could stand hand in hand with my great father.

In the book of Isaiah we are given these wonderful words, “Thus says the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and its offspring, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it, I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I will also hold you by the hand and watch over you.”

Friend, there is no one greater than our Heavenly Father.  He is the glorious creator of the entire universe, the one who breathes life to all living things,  the Lord of all. And right now, if you will allow Him, this great Father in Heaven will take you by the hand and watch over you. There is no better place to be in all the world.

In Him,

Bro Jeff

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