The bishop’s wife

When the old king died, his showy son took over from him.  He decided that his father’s advisers and officials did not suit his governing style.  He interviewed the Secretary of State, Treasurer and several older advisers and found that they were unworthy to work for him.  They were immediately dismissed and banned.

The next person on his agenda was the bishop.  The new king had his doubts whether the bishop was wise enough to lead the church.  He sent a messenger with a letter to the bishop’s house:

“In three days you have to come to my palace and answer the following three questions:
1. In which direction is God looking?
2. What am I worth?
3. What am I thinking?
If you cannot correctly answer these three questions, you will be banished from my
kingdom.”

The bishop studied the questions and threw his hands into the air.  “What’s wrong with the man?  It’s hopelessly unfair,” he told his wife, Ariel.  “I have no idea what to answer to such silly questions.” 

“Don’t be so upset, dear,” said his wife quietly.  “I’ll go. You know riddles have always been my strong point.” 

He will immediately know you’re not me,” babbled the bishop nervously. 

“My dear husband, he’s never met you,” Ariel calmed him again. “If I put on your clothes – those loose robes! – and your cap and lower my voice, he won’t suspect anything!

It was such a hopeless case that the bishop agreed to his wife’s bizarre plan.  When the bishop’s wife arrived at the palace in her husband’s robes, she was immediately taken to the king.

Let us begin at once,” said the king. “In which direction is God looking?

Ariel smiled to the king and said, “Your majesty, I would like to ask you a question first.”  Then she walked to a candle which stood before the king‘s throne. “In which direction, would you say, does a candle give light?”

“You can see for yourself – it gives light in all directions!” said the astonished king dryly.

“It’s the same with God. Where He looks, there is light.  He sees everything, everywhere.  His glory fills the whole creation.”

“Excellent answer!” cried the young king.  “Now for my second question: What am I worth?

“29 pieces of silver,” Ariel replied without hesitating for one moment.

The king shook as he laughed:  “What a stupid answer!  I have many treasures of silver and gold.  I own hectares of land full of vineyards and other precious products.  29 pieces of silver is an insult!”

“The gospel tells us,” Ariel softly continued, “that the Lord Jesus was sold for 30 pieces of silver.  Surely, you are not better than the Lord!  Since you say that you serve the Lord, and as the highest authority in the country, I deducted only one silver piece. “

The king was amazed and also accepted this answer. “Now my third question: What am I thinking?

“Your majesty, you think that I’m the bishop, but you’re wrong.  I’m the bishop’s wife.”  Then she took the cap off her head and shook her long hair loose.  The king was shocked, but then he roared with laughter.

“You are a wise woman. You have answered all my hard questions correctly and it made me a little more humble.  Go tell your husband that he can stay as the bishop.  And if you’re interested, I’m offering you a job in my government.  I now see that I need such wisdom…

~ Author unknown ~

Blessings

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace, (Psalm 67:1, Psalm 122:6)
comfort for family, protection while we sleep; (Matthew 5:4, Psalm 4:8)
We pray for healing, for prosperity, (Mark 5:23, Psalm 118:25)
we pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering… (Psalm 9:13, 2 Chronicles 6:32-33)

And all the while, You hear each spoken need…  (2 Chronicles 20:9, Exodus 3:7)
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things.  (Ephesians 3:19-20)

‘Cause what if Your blessings come through rain drops?
What if Your healing comes through tears?  (Psalm 56:8)
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?  (Hebrews 13:5)
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise? 

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear;  (James 1:5, Hebrews 3:15)
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near…  (Psalm 27:7)
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love  (Matthew 14:31, Matthew 28:17)
as if every promise from Your Word is not enough!  (Joshua 23:14, Hebrews 10:23)

And all the while, You hear each desperate plea  (Exodus 22:23, Psalm 40:1)
and long that we’d have faith to believe…  (Mark 5:36, 9:23, 11:24, John 11:26)

Chorus

When friends betray us, when darkness seems to win, we know  (Luke 22:48, John 3:19)
that pain reminds this heart that this is not, this is not our home!  (Hebrews 11:13-16)
It’s not our home!

‘Cause what if Your blessings come through rain drops?
What if Your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?

What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life  (Proverbs 13:12)
is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy?  (John 4:13-14)
What if trials of this life, the rain, the storms, the hardest nights,
are your mercies in disguise?

~ Written and performed by:  Laura Story ~

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,” saith the LORD, “thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Romans 8:28
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”

Further reading:  Heavenly perspective

The value of Time

To realize the value of one year:
Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realize the value of one month:
Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of one hour:
Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of one minute:
Ask the person who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize the value of one-second:
Ask a person who has survived an accident.

To realize the value of one millisecond:
Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.

~ Author unknown

Ephesians 5

15  See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

I refuse

I refuse to be discouraged, to be sad, or to cry;
I refuse to be downhearted, and here’s the reason why:

I have a God Who’s mighty, Who’s sovereign and supreme;
I have a God who loves me, and I am on His team.

He is all-wise and powerful, Jesus is His Name;
Though everything is changeable, my God remains the same.

My God knows all that’s happening, beginning to the end,
His presence is my comfort;  He is my dearest friend.

When sickness comes to weaken me, to bring my head down low,
I call upon my mighty God – into His arms I go.

When circumstances threaten to rob me from my peace;
He draws me close unto His breast, where all my strivings cease.

And when my heart melts within me, and weakness takes control;
He gathers me into His arms, He soothes my heart and soul.

The great “I AM” is with me, my life is in His hand,
The “Son of the Lord” is my hope, it’s in His strength I stand.

I refuse to be defeated, my eyes are on my God;
He has promised to be with me, as through this life I trod.

I’m looking past all my circumstances to Heaven’s throne above;
My prayers have reached the heart of God, I’m resting in His love.

I give God thanks in everything, my eyes are on His face;
The battle’s His, the victory is mine – He’ll help me win the race!

~ Lita Kurtzer ~

Jesus Christ – the Head over all (Ephesians 1:15-23)

15  Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
16  Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
17  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
18  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21  Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.