As in Heaven so in Earth, as above so below!
A professor decided to teach his class a lesson by example, so he pulled out a jar and a bag of golf balls. He set them down & asked the class, as he held up the jar, “what is THIS”? They all exclaimed, “it’s a jar”! Next he asked, “is it full or empty”? They all shouted, “It’s empty”. Next, he began adding the golf balls to the jar until no more could fit. He then asked, “what about now”, they all said, “it’s full”! The professor, grinned and shook his head. He then opened his desk drawer and pulled out a bag of dried beans and began to pour them in, until no more could fit. Once again, he asked the class, “and what about now”? They all said, “Now it’s full”…The professor let out a great laugh and walked to the back of the room, opened the cabinet & pulled out a bag of sand. He walked to the front & began pouring it into the jar, the sand fell, consuming the areas between the golf balls & the beans. He asked the class, yet again, “how about now”? They all emphasized the word now as they exclaimed, “Nowwwwwwww it’s full”! The professor stopped, shook his head right to left and stood still, as if he was disappointed with their oversight. Finally, one of the students said, nothing else can fit, it has to be full! The professor reached down & grabbed the pitcher of ice cold water placed on his desk, he began to pour it into the jar, nearly half of the water fit, filling the space around the golf balls, the beans & the sand! The students mouths dropped, they didn’t dare say anything more in regard to whether it was full or not, they feared the professor might still have some other thing up his sleeve. One student, boldly asked, “Professor, what is the point”? The professor said, the jar represents your life and all that is in it is yours for a time. The golf balls represent your family, your friends and those important relationships that enrich your life and make it worth living. The beans represent your job(s), your challenges, your life lessons, opportunities to change and to grow. The sand represents all the minor details of life; challenges, delays, stresses, things that will always surround your meaningful things but that you shouldn’t focus on. Lastly, the water represents God, you see, No matter how full your life is or may get, there is always room for God, He fits in no matter what. Bring enough of God into your life and it can flush out most of the sand! The students reflected for a moment and began to clap, one at a time, until the thunder of the their excitement proved to the professor that their lesson truly did sink in!
Lastly, we must all realize that in order to receive what God’s faithful word has in store for us, we must FIRST and foremost become acquainted with His inability to fall short. A proper respect and understanding of where the power and ability rests, allows us a great freedom and opportunity to take advantage of. If you had a 50% off coupon for a major retailer, you would go, pick out your merchandise and boldly present that voucher for redemption off your purchase, would you not? The same, to some degree applies here, God is the issuing authority, His word is good for it! We must acknowledge and participate in the regulations set forth by His word and if properly applied, we stand to benefit from the promises & calls to action that he has left for us! He requires that we obey, that we trust and that we seek him!
Hebrews 11:6 “Without faith it is impossible to please God: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is (that God exists), and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”
John 8:24, “For if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
John 6:29, “Jesus answered and said unto them, this is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
John 14:21, “He that has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved of My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
1To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
Psalm 33:10 The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.
Psalm 135:6 Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.
Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.
Abba Father, help us to recognize your power and presence in our lives. Help us to seek you, in obedience and to trust in you for all provision. Deposit into us that water of life, for the eashing and renewing of our souls, Quench our thirst and flush out the unnecessary things that seem to bind and confound us. Help us to rise above the limitations that our mind might try to trick us into believing, that we might see and now that with YOU all things are indeed possible! We ask this in the Mighty name of Jesus, Yehusha Hamashiach! AMEN!
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