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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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April 5, 2011 - Possibilities in the Unexpected

By T. Ray Rachels

On a Los Angeles freeway, I followed a pickup truck with a bumper sticker stuck on upside down that read: “If you can read this, please turn me over.”

Life gets read with unexpected directions from time to time. Over, under, inside out and, when you least expect it, you’ll have a situation to try your patience and enlarge your creative horizons!

On my way home late one afternoon, wanting to take the Garden Grove Freeway west toward Knott Drive, my exit, I was preoccupied and in the fast lane. Suddenly the exit appeared and was gone. I’m in a hurry, I want to get home, and this is no time for dumb mistakes! I pounded the steering wheel in frustration, bemoaning the extra minutes the mistake would cost.

Then, looking up and ahead directly at the horizon end of the freeway, I witnessed a fabulously beautiful Kodak moment. The huge, stunningly gorgeous, round, orange, brilliant and husky sun ate up the landscape. It was coming straight at me! I mindlessly fiddled with the radio. A “How Great Thou Art” concerto for trumpets played. Regal tones. Here it was — a feast for my eyes, ears, heart and soul.

It was only a missed exit. But I saw the sun and heard the music and felt the beauty.

Thank You, God, for exits missed.

It’s a good reminder: The things in your life you think bad or unnecessary or to which you would just as soon say, “No, thank you,” may be the elements that produce wonder and beauty.

It’s true in life, and it’s true in your walk of faith!

— T. Ray Rachels served as superintendent of the Southern California District of the Assemblies of God for more than 22 years.



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