“Jude 1-2 (MSG)
Relax, everything’s going to be all right; rest, everything’s coming together; …”
There remains, then, a … rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.”
o with that in mind, let’s take some time off and appreciate all the other beautiful things around us provided by our Creator – like family, friends, and of course, brethren. But also those organic creatures who follow us around wherever we go keeping us company when no one else can; who never fails to make us smile even if we can’t understand their bark or meow. And how about the trees, flowers, the mountains, the sky and all the wonderful stars that reside up there. Bet you, many of us have never literally looked up at the sky at night contented with the wallpaper of the sky. Did you know that around 2,500 stars are visible to the naked eye when you look up on a clear night.
“The Milky Way-our little corner of the observable universe—has, for its part, some 400 billion stars. So! If we multiply the (estimated) average number of stars in each galaxy by the number of galaxies in the observable universe—and carry the billion, etc.—we get a rough estimate of ALL THE STARS we’re capable of observing. Or the figure 1 plus 24 zeroes after it. So, then: Back to you, you tiny little human, standing on the surface of your tiny little planet in your tiny little corner of the universe. How many of those septillion stars are actually visible to you? An extremely, yep, tiny little percentage.”
One of those septillion stars is our sun and we belong to one of the 8 or 9 planets (Pluto was demoted, you can check that out) circling around it. So when you come to think how small and insignificant we are in this vast universe created by God, then you start to realize that bad news isn’t really that bad after all.
Before I continue dear friends, I’d like to touch on something completely out of topic but which I’m proud to say I have succeeded in conquering. Remember, in my previous article I touched on my friend’s farm and the lush greenery it offered including the young coconut and its juice? Well, I brought home a bundle and since no one else was there to cut open the coconut, I had to do it myself. This has been my problem ever since. I loved buko but hated the part of opening it myself. Someone with experience can manage it in seconds. But to me it took me around 30 minutes to open just one – scrape the top, punch a hole, remove the juice, then pry open the husk. Not to mention the whole mess that had to be cleaned up afterwards. So I asked myself, there must be a much easier way to do it. And Voila!! I found the solution!
Bill Gates couldn’t have been wiser when he said –
“I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”
I couldn’t resist myself from posting these pictures to prove how proud I am for discovering the answer to the buko dilemma ;-).
Just use a POWER DRILL to make that hole, insert a straw and sip away! But if you want to use a pitcher, you have to make two holes a little apart or the juice won’t pour. Then I use an axe to cut open the coconut (I don’t have a mallet or bolo). Very much easier I must say :-).
And while you’re drinking fresh buko juice, try listening to the rendition of “What a difference a day makes” by 10-year old Norwegian girl Angelina Jordan. And the lyrics of the song, wow, and to think that it was first recorded in 1934. So relevant, so beautiful. All I can say is this girl is destined for the stars.
And if you’re into movies, try downloading these films. It’s light comedy on life, old age, and death without the drama. I’m sure you young kids will enjoy it too.
Have a great day dear friends and brethren. And above all let’s give Him a break too ;-).