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Before the Lightning

March 13, 2017

 I read a story of a woodpecker that was the most conceited bird you ever saw.  He would perch himself on the limb of an old dead tree and begin to drill.  He would peck all the louder whenever people were around.


One day while he was in the tree, getting prouder by the minute, a storm cloud arose.  The lightning flashed and the wind howled, but the woodpecker continued pecking.  About that time, a bolt of lightning struck the tree and blew it to pieces and sent the woodpecker soaring in the air.  And as he was sailing through the air he said, “Wow, look what I’ve done”!  That old woodpecker never knew any better.  He thought he had done it all.


He reminds me of a lot of people.  Blessings pour into their lives.  God has placed us in this blessed land.  He gives us good friends, caring family, a job to support our needs and wants, a wonderful husband or wife and healthy children.  For most, we have far beyond what we need. Our cups overflow.  


And then we say, “Wow, look what I’ve done”!


Oh, how careful we have to be to make sure that we reflect on the true source of our blessings.  When was the last time you offered up a prayer to God and thanked Him for all HE has given?  Your family, your friends, your health, your church, your job, your life, your salvation.  Wow, look at what He’s done!

Why not take time now?  Before the lightning strikes.

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