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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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March 21, 2012 - Know Where to Lean

By Patrick J. Donadio

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5, KJV).

Our understanding is not always dependable, and we may arrive at the wrong destination before we discover that our direction was wrong.

When I was a missionary in Alaska, I heard of a certain trapper who was lost for a while until someone found him and brought him out to safety. The rescuer asked, “Didn’t you have a compass?”

The trapper replied, “I had my compass, but it kept pointing east all of the time!”

If we are to trust the Lord with all our heart, then it follows that we will also trust His leading in the decisions of life. But we must recognize His leading. That amateur trapper didn’t know enough to recognize his compass’ directional guidance.

On a tragic note, I had a good friend, also in Alaska, whose son was a pilot for the Air National Guard. While on a flight on a cloudy, rainy day, the plane’s instruments malfunctioned and he “lost the horizon.” He and his co-pilot could not discern where the ocean stopped and the sky began. They had to rely on their own understanding, and it failed them. They flew into the water and were killed.

Misguided direction can harm people in their spiritual lives as well. They “lose the horizon” until they cannot discern where the good ends and the bad begins, and it can result in spiritual shipwreck.

We have been given an instrument for navigation that never fails. The Bible always points us heavenward, and we cannot “lose the horizon.” But we must accept the teaching of God’s Word and obey its precepts if we are to navigate safely through life. Our understanding is too often faulty and can get us into trouble.

The pilot mentioned above had instruments that would have alerted him to the danger, but they failed. The catastrophe was not his fault! Our navigational guide will alert us and will not fail! If we experience shipwreck, we failed to read the instructions and thereby see the danger or we did not believe what we read.

“For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it” (Hebrews 4:2).

Our Guide will direct us safely through the dangers if we will accept His leading in faith in preference to our own judgment.

— Chaplain Patrick J. Donadio serves the graduate and professional students of Evangel University in Springfield, Mo.



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