Thursday, December 31, 2015
BISHOP ELI'S WORDS FOR A NEW YEAR
What brings me to this quote is when I became Bishop. One of the other men that had a Bible to open was Elmer. I thought Elmer would be the one the Lord would chose, for sure. Elmer is a much better speaker than I am. He has a better understanding of people than I. He often can see the good side of something others of us see bad. He always seems to know just the right thing to say. So, I thought for sure, the Lord would chose him as Bishop.
Was I shocked when I opened my Bible and found that the Lord had chosen me. Elmer and I were sitting next to each other. I softly said to Elmer, God must have made some mistake. Elmer being Elmer patted me on the back and told me that God had chosen the right one. At home, that evening I said, I thought maybe God had made a mistake. That's one of the times my mom said God don't make no mistakes.
In our lives, we don't understand why certain things happen to us. I still don't know why the Lord chose me over Elmer, but he had a reason. We don't understand why things happen to us. But, sometimes, it is not for us to understand.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 "There is a right for everything; A time to be born, a time to die, A time to plant, A time to harvest; A time to kill, A time to heal, A time to destroy, A time to rebuild, A time to cry, A time to laugh, A time to grieve, A time to dance, A time for scattering stones, A time for gathering stones, A time to hug, A time not to hug, A time to find, A time to lose, A time for keeping, A time for throwing away, A time to tear, A time to repair, A time to be quiet, A time to speak up, A time for loving, A time for hating, A time for war, A time for peace." If my memory serves me right, I think this was in a song by Peter, Paul and Mary. Yes, I do know something about the Englisher music.
These are the way of our lives. These are things that happen to us. We were all born - we will all die. If you are into gardening or farming you know there is a time to plant and a time to harvest. Amish do not believe in killing people - but many of us, myself included have gone hunting. Our life goes on and on like these bible verses. Yet, much of the reasons, we do not understand why this happens to us.
Lord has a way, a pattern for us through life. Sometimes we make mistakes a long the way and mess up - myself included. Times, I have done what I thought was right and found out that wasn't what the Lord wanted me to do at all. Then, the Lord has always led to me the way where I should be. None of us is perfect in this life. We all make mistakes. We all have done things the Lord didn't want us to do.
Sometimes I think of life as the war in the above verses. Things are just not going right. I don't have peace with the Lord inside that I should. I want the time for peace. I want the peace with the Lord, I should have. I think we have all been in that spot a certain times in our lives.
Prayer, reading the Bible, and attending church are the way to the Lord. Remember to thank the Lord for all He has done, even when you don't understand. Reading the Bible helps you to understand the Lord and maybe the way of your life better. Attending church, I am not telling you to join the Amish or Old Order Mennonite, but a Bible teaching church. You are with others who have the same understanding, problems, good times, and fellowship.
The Lord does not want you to start the year with problems, heavy weights and hard time on our hearts. Maybe in life, we do, but not in our hearts. He wants us to have His love, His joy and understanding. He does not want this New Year's to be a time of war, but a time of peace.
Pray in thanking the Lord and if you don't have it already, ask for the time of peace in this coming New Year.
Happy New Year,
Bishop Eli and Emma
THERE WILL BE A POST ON TOMORROW.