Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wrong Wreath

A local business man opened a new office. His friend, wanting to share in his joy and enthusiasm, sent him a lovely floral arrangement.

Upon arriving at his office for the first time, he was greeted by a large wreath that read “Rest In Peace.”

Upset and angry, he rushed to the florist demanding to know who played such a mean trick on him. After admitting his mistake and apologizing profusely, the florist humbly said, “There is a man buried in the cemetery who has a wreath on his grave that reads ‘Good luck in your new location.’”

The Apostle Paul never needed “good luck” when he was in prison, on a ship, in a storm, being stoned or beaten. He said, “I have learned to be content wherever I am because this is exactly where God wants me.” He knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that he was where God wanted him to be and that God was with him.

True for Paul, true for us. God has a special place for us to be and a special work for us to do. And when we have finished what He wants us to do, we have the same assurance that Paul did: “When we die and leave these bodies – we will have worthwhile new homes made for us by God.”

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the assurance of Your salvation and the hope of heaven. We are grateful that You will never leave us or forsake us no matter where we are or what is going on in our lives as long as we are faithful to You. In Your Name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: 2 Corinthians 5:1-5

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