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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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August 4, 2011 - When God Speaks

By Ron Johnson

I was 18. My father and I worked for the same company. I was working in the shipping area, which was down the hall from the carpenter shop where my dad worked.

One day a manager came through the area looking for “What’s his name, the carpenter.” Now, in all seriousness, I do not believe this gentleman meant any disrespect toward my dad, but at the time the question hurt and offended me. It angered me that after some 20-plus years of service in the organization, this person couldn’t remember my dad’s name. Dad was only “What’s his name, the carpenter.”

As I mulled it over, I began to feel sorry for myself. Why couldn’t Dad have been someone important like a doctor or a lawyer, anything but a lowly, insignificant carpenter? I felt that if my dad was insignificant, then by extension I was also unimportant.

I was really having myself a pity party when, like a lightning bolt, a voice pierced my soul. “I was a Carpenter.” I was shaken to the core. I was ashamed and immediately melted before God and asked for forgiveness. It was a life-changing moment I will never forget. From that moment, I was never again ashamed of my dad being a carpenter. I came to admire him for his work. He was an artist.

Many years later, and shortly before his death, I got up the nerve and told my dad about the incident and asked for his forgiveness. He smiled and said that he understood and had worked through similar feelings concerning his father.

 I’m thankful for the correcting voice of God. It’s comforting to know that when we step out of line, our Heavenly Father will not only have patience with us but He will also speak to us and administer the loving correction we need.

When God speaks, He speaks clearly, precisely and straight to the point. When God speaks, His voice pierces through to our innermost being. When God speaks, we are immediately humbled and forever changed.

— Ron Johnson ministers at Gospel Publishing House at the Assemblies of God national offices in Springfield, Mo., and attends Central Assembly of God.

 

 

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