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Tuesdays Torch week 432

Tuesday’s Torch

04/25/17

By: Tim Sader

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

The first trip I took where I had to fly was to Arizona and it was a big success. It prepared me for the next big trip we would take. People with Muscular Dystrophy may live well into their adult years but it causes major health concerns throughout and is considered terminal. Anyone with a terminal condition under eighteen has the opportunity to write a letter to the Make-A-Wish foundation and ask for a wish. I knew about making a wish for some time but a social worker I had in middle school finally got me to write a letter to them. It took awhile to figure out what my wish was I didn’t know if I wanted to meet someone famous, buy something big or go on a trip. I didn’t want to wish for anything stupid so I decided I wanted to go to Australia. When the Make-A-Wish people came to my house they asked my second wish if the first wasn’t approved. I don’t remember what it was because my heart was already Down Under and to my satisfaction it was approved. In March of 1994 we set out for about twenty-four hours of travel. We flew four hours from Minnesota to Los Angeles where we had a six hour layover then a five hour flight to Hawaii. After an hour there we had a nine hour flight to Cairns, Australia which is a tropical area in Northern Queensland. We landed under a full rainbow in a lush green valley right off of the Pacific Ocean. When we were in flight we crossed the date line so we got there on the same day three hours before we left Minnesota. That first day we took a nap when we got to the hotel and went out for some fresh local seafood. The next day we went to a zoo that Steve Irwin’s family owned and got a personal tour from an Aussie zoo keeper and watched him feed the crocs. In between excursion days we got to explore the city, pick up some souvenirs and taste local foods. One day we went on a train in the mountains and rain forest where we saw beautiful waterfalls, all kinds of birds and wild life. We spent the day in the village of Kuranda. Another day we went on a bus to Port Douglas, boarded a catamaran and spent the day at a platform on the Great Barrier Reef. At the reef I got carried onto a semi-submergible so I could see the sights of it below the surface. After nine days in Australia the long trip home was exhausting but it was one of life’s great experiences and a wish came true.

Although Make-A-Wish provided this opportunity to my family we saw that it was a blessing from God. We delight in the Lord and He fulfills the desire of our hearts. The good things that we wish for are the things He wants us to have. Falling a lot, trouble walking, life in a wheelchair and middle school shattered many of the plans I had for life. This trip to Australia was the first time I remember receiving my heart’s desire. I saw that in the darkest night a light is near (Jb. 17:11-12). It pleases the Lord to fulfill our desires and to make our plans succeed (Ps. 20:4). After many hard dark moments in life I had a window of time where my wishes were coming true. As a teen in about a year the Lord allowed for me to provide 15-20 thousand dollars of family fun and memories. The hand of God is open to satisfy the desires of every living thing (Ps. 145:16). He is ready to make our every wish come true and especially so when we seek to please Him.  When we remain in Him and the word in us we will do His will and whatever we wish will be done for us (Jn. 15:7). If we love life and desire to see good days we will keep from speaking evil and telling lies (Ps. 34:12-13). All of us wish to have a good life and a big part of it is learning to say the right things. When we do this the world and it’s desires pass away but when we do the will of God we live forever (1 Jn. 2:17). His desire is that our desires will become what He desires because of His love for us and our love for Him.

What things do we desire? Are these good and pure things God can bless or only to fulfill impure selfish lusts? This isn’t to say God will not give us what we wish just because we want it our desire can’t be for evil. When we want what we want what we speak about our desires often is a factor in whether we get our wishes. When we are blessed whether or not it seems to be God who did it for us it is His hand that satisfies our desires so we should give credit to Him who credit is due.

Lord I ask that you would help us to see the times when in the darkness we learned that a light is near. Show us the times when you blessed us with our heart desire and if we have talked ourselves out of a blessing let us forgive ourselves and learn to speak in a way that is delightful to you.  Help us also to desire what it is you desire for us so we can love you and return to you the one thing you desire from us. In Jesus name, Amen.

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com we enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 
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Tuesdays Torch week 431

Tuesday’s Torch

04/18/17

By: Tim Sader

Can you fathom the mysteries of God, Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? (Job 11:7)

After the art ceremony for the World Plane Northwest Airlines presented my family three free airline tickets to anywhere in the US since we were the host family and didn’t get to fly with them. With these tickets and a forth we purchased for my brother we went to visit Aunt Nancy and Uncle Ron for Thanksgiving in Arizona. This was the first time my brother and me flew anywhere so it was quite a neat experience for us. I remember having some nervousness about flying but mostly I was excited since I provided this opportunity to my family from drawing a picture. I remember taking off for the first time. I was slightly leaned forward and the force from taking off threw me back in my seat and when we had lift off I was so amazed. As we ascended I looked out over the city and everything looked so small from way up in the air. Flying through the clouds made me feel like I was entering into another world and being above the clouds was breathtaking to me. I remember flying over a part of the Rocky Mountains that were covered in fresh snow. Even from the sky mountains are massive and it was absolutely beautiful seeing them from that perspective. After that we had a safe landing at the Phoenix International Airport where my aunt and uncle picked us up. They lived in a rural area called Dewey, AZ which is near Prescott. They were caretakers on a poultry farm in a desert like mountain area that was about 4,500 feet above sea level. They stayed in the main house on the property and we got to stay in the guest cabin near them. The first night we were there it was pretty cold in the cabin so we lit a fire to warm it up. We didn’t know something was wrong with the vent on the fireplace so smoke got inside and we got choked up. The next day Uncle Ron fixed it so we would survive the holiday. My brother wouldn’t stay at that cabin any more so he slept on the couch in the main house. While in Arizona we visited a few popular destinations. We went to Prescott the nearest bigger town and went to Flagstaff. The day before Thanksgiving we went and picked up their friend Bob from the camp they worked at with him in Southwestern California.

On one of our last days in Arizona we went on a day trip to see the Grand Canyon. Nothing can prepare your mind and emotions for such a spectacular sight. There are no pictures of it that can do it justice unless you have seen it in person. It truly is a world wonder! The Grand Canyon is an unfathomable mystery of God. Who can begin to understand the limitless power of Almighty God? When my brother stared out at this great marvel he said it was the first time he knew that God was real. The clouds we flew through to get there were put there by Him. He supplies rain to the earth and covers the hills with grass (Ps. 147:8). Every beautiful thing that we can see was made by Him. Eternity He put into our hearts and still we cannot fathom everything He has done from the beginning (Eccl. 3:11). The beauty I seen that day had no real logical explanation that I would accept because no river could have done that in millions of years. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and about 5,400 feet deep, no way one river did all of that. Man often will pretend God away or deny His existence but only He knows the earth from end to end. He doesn’t grow weary or tired and we cannot know the truth about mysteries like this (Is. 40:28). The Lord created the heavens and stretched them out, He made the earth and everything that comes from it. God has given breath and life to everyone who exists (Is. 42:5). I experienced many firsts and some once in a lifetime memories on my trip to Arizona. I was able to scratch the surface of the height, depth, width and breadth concerning everything in creation.

There are many differing thoughts about the cosmos, how life began and how certain mysteries have come about. Man however flawed in their thinking that they might be are reaching out for answers. These answers cannot be found in an educated guess because they are here by grand design. Only God knows these answers that we seek and He may or may not choose to share them with us. We can aimlessly search for answers on our own or we can go to the source and spend our lives learning from Him.

Lord God help us to remember the first time your creation took our breath away because it was amazingly beautiful. When there are things that trouble our minds or if they have importance to us let us go to the source of all wisdom, knowledge, power and truth. Lies no matter the number who believe them will never give us the peace and freedom found in you. Before we look to Google as our source for information help us to look you up and see what we can find. In Jesus name, Amen.

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com we enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 
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