RE: I've been wondering how you guys down under keep from following off as the world turns???
We know that for a time the great pioneers of sea exploration/conquest thought that the earth was flat, & that there was a cliff on the horizon passed beyond where the ships would fall off the globe. Time came when they had suspected that the earth was round. Dyou know that similar/your question was asked during this period by (16th cetury?, not sure/could be earlier) explorers regarding ships falling off from the surface of the earth if they sail below the equator down south/under. This hearsay finished the story by telling that explorers avoided sailing down under lest they fall out into the abyss of the universe due to its location on the surface of the earth. ~(;O))
Quite disorienting at the beginning when I migrated here. I orignally lived in the northern hemispehre.
You must be enjoying your job by having the opportunity of access to all sorts of ideas.
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Throughout the history of warfare, there has always been those weapons or tools that gave an army an edge. At one time, it was the iron chariot or the catapult. Later, it was the crossbow, then the latest rifle. While it's not exactly a weapon, there is a new military tool that has certainly given the U.S. military an edge. It's called night goggles. And they help American soldiers live up to their reputation for "owning the night." Night goggles literally allow the wearer to see an illuminated view of what's going on in the darkness; things that would otherwise be invisible. Now, if you can see through the night, you can see what others cannot see and operate when others can't move.
For a long time, God has been equipping folks with the ability to see through the night. You don't need special goggles. You do need to have a love relationship with God where your heart opens up to things He wants to show you. And maybe it's nighttime in your life right now. It's gotten pretty dark. It's hard to see where to go, hard to know what to do, and it's also pretty scary.
Then you're going to love God's promise of night vision to His children who keep trusting Him. It's in Isaiah 42:16, our word for today from the Word of God. God says, "I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them..." Are you walking down a way you haven't known before? Headed into an unfamiliar path maybe? Your Lord says, "I will be your night vision."
It gets better. He goes on to say, "I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth." That's awesome! Of course, you have to be walking into the darkness for God to turn the darkness into light. He doesn't say to start walking when He lights up the path. He says to start walking and as you walk, He'll light it up. The rest of His promise concludes: "These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them." I've got to tell you, this promise has meant so much to me that I've committed it to memory. I want to be able to say it and stand on it anywhere, anytime. It's a great verse to make a part of you!
Yes, you may be in a night season right now, but your God owns the night! In fact, that's usually when you can see Him best. Like the moon. As long it's light, you can only see a pale moon, at best. But when it's dark, that's when you can see the brightness of the moon - or of your Master. And just like America's military who get a lot done in the night because they have night vision, your Lord gets a lot done in the nighttimes of our life - often some of His greatest missions.
No matter how dark it is around you right now, your God is able to lead your steps, protect you from all harm, show you where to walk, and enable you to complete your mission, unhindered, undiminished, uncompromised, undefeated. No matter what's out there in the dark. Because, as 1 John 4:4 tells us, "the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world."
So, don't make the mistake of just trusting what you can see, or trusting what you can feel. You need to know that your Heavenly Father is walking on ahead of you every step of the night that you are in. So, keep on walking and keep on trusting. Your Father owns the night! Ron Hutchcraft
When tomorrow starts without me, And I'm not there to see; If the sun should rise and find your eyes All filled with tears for me; I wish so much you wouldn't cry The way you did today, While thinking of the many things, We didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me, As much as I love you, And each time that you think of me, I know you'll miss me too; But when tomorrow starts without me, Please try to understand, That an angel came and called my name, And took me by the hand, And said my place was ready, In heaven far above, And that I'd have to leave behind All those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away, A tear fell from my eye, For all my life, I'd always thought, I didn't want to die. I had so much to live for, So much yet to do, It seemed almost impossible, That I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays, The good ones and the bad, I thought of all the love we shared, And all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday, Just even for awhile, I'd say good-bye and kiss you And maybe see you smile. But then I fully realized, That this could never be, For emptiness and memories, Would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things, I might miss come tomorrow, I thought of you, and when i did, My heart was filled with sorrow. But when I walked through heaven's gates, I felt so much at home. When God looked down and smiled at me, >From His great golden throne, He said "This is eternity, And all I've promised you." Today for life on earth is past, But here it starts anew. I promise no tomorrow, But today will always last, And since each day's the same way There's no longing for the past.
But you have been so faithful, So trusting and so true in My Son. Though there were times you did some things, You knew you shouldn't do. But you have been forgiven And now at last you're free. So won't you take my hand And share my life with me?
So when tomorrow starts without me, Don't think we're far apart, For every time you think of me, I'm right here, in your heart.
Only one life 'twill soon be past. Only what's done for Christ will last. For me to live is Christ and to die is gain!
[The Lord says,] "Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." --Isaiah 41:10
Dear Howdy, Please undo the "unsubscribed". I enjoy reading your humorous letters. I look forward to receiving them also in the future. With wishes for success, Sol K. Department of Chemistry Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Haifa, Israel