GOD’S GREAT OUTDOORS by Larry Whiteley





“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature” - Romans 1:20

David said in Psalm 65:8, “They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of your signs; You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy”. A sunrise, sunset and the moon in a night sky happens every day. Sometimes though, God treats us to a display of vibrant colors in a sunrise or sunset or the stark beauty of a night sky.  I look at them when out camping, sitting in a deer stand or a turkey blind, or on the water fishing and I see them as a gift from God. I wonder how anyone looking at them can believe He doesn’t exist.

The real message in sunrises, sunsets and night skies is their predictability. Every day the sun comes up, every evening it goes back down and the moon comes up. No need to be sad when the sun sets and the moon comes out, or to worry whether the sun will rise again the next morning. It will! 

Some days or nights the sky may be covered in thick clouds that hide the sun and moon from view, but we know they are both up there shining away. We don’t need to worry that the sun won’t rise or set again the next day. We don’t need to fret that the moon won’t rise and set. We can count on it.

In that same way, we can always count on God to do what His Word promises He will do. Like the sun or moon shining behind the clouds, even in the darkest times He’s there working behind the scenes. Our God is faithful. He is an awesome God!

Some days, when things don’t seem to be going as we hoped, we may have a hard time seeing God at work in our lives. He’s right there though. The problem is not with Him, but with us losing sight of Him. We tend to let clouds of doubt, fear, or other negative things block our view of God’s grace and goodness. When we refocus on the truth of God’s Word and the blessings he has gave us, the clouds will clear.

The next time you see a glorious sunset or sunrise; remember that those amazing colors are a gift from God just like the beauty of a night sky is. Remember that God is always there, He is faithful and you can count on Him. Now go watch for him in the sky.

MAY  2019



Something to Think About by Larry Whiteley



For Christmas this past year I surprised my wife with two tickets to see the musical “Lion King” at Juanita K. Hammons Hall in Springfield. Truthfully, I was thinking she would want to take one of her lady friends with her to see it. Surely she wouldn’t want me to go would she? She did and my thought was if she can put up with me through 50 years of marriage I can certainly sit through 2 hours watching a musical with her. I am glad I did! I actually enjoyed it and our time together.

One of the songs they sang in the musical was “Hakuna Matata”. I keep thinking about the lyrics and often sing it in my head which is a lot better than me singing it out loud.  

Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase
Hakuna Matata! Ain't no passing craze
It means no worries for the rest of your days
It's our problem-free philosophy
Hakuna Matata!

Hakuna Matata roughly translates to "no worries" in Swahili and means to not worry about things outside a person's control.

Jesus said in Matthew 6:27, “You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it.” Worrying is one job you can’t farm out, but you can overcome it. David declares in Psalm 23:2, “He leads me beside the still waters.” He leads me. He is ahead of me. He is in front. God leads us! And what a difference that makes!

That also reminds me of another song I do sometimes sing out loud called, “Don’t

Worry, Be Happy.” 

Here's a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don't worry, be happy

Put your trust in God. Pray and ask Him to take care of your most important needs. Cast your cares and worries on Him and depend on Him. God not only loves us, He cares what happens to us and that reminds me of another song that I love to hear Scotty sing called “His Eye Is on the Sparrow”.

Why should I feel discouraged?
And why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart feel lonely
And long for heavenly home
When Jesus is my portion?
And my constant friend is He
You know, his eye is on the little sparrow
And I know he cares for you and me

MAY  2019



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