Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.
A certain courthouse in Ohio stands in a unique location. Raindrops that fall on the
north side of the building go into Lake Ontario and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, while those
falling on the south side go into the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. At
precisely the point of the peak of the roof, just a gentle puff of wind can determine the
destiny of many raindrops. It will make a difference of more than 2,000 miles as to their
final destination. The spiritual application is clear. By the smallest deed or choice of
words we might set in motion influences that could change the course of others' lives here
and now and could also affect their eternal destiny.
Our Daily Bread, June 12, 1994.
John Wesley's father, Samuel, was a dedicated pastor, but there were those in his
parish who did not like him. On February 9, 1709, a fire broke out in the rectory at
Epworth, possibly set by one of the rector's enemies. Young John, not yet six years old,
was stranded on an upper floor of the building. Two neighbors rescued the lad just seconds
before the roof crashed in. One neighbor stood on the other's shoulders and pulled young
John through the window. Samuel Wesley said, "Come, neighbors, let us kneel down. Let
us give thanks to God. He has given me all my eight children. Let the house go. I am rich
enough." John Wesley often referred to himself as a "brand plucked out of the
fire" (Zecheriah 3:2; Amos 4:11). In later years he often noted February 9 in his
journal and gave thanks to God for His mercy. Samuel Wesley labored for 40 years at
Epworth and saw very little fruit; but consider what his family accomplished!
W. Wiersbe, Wycliffe
Handbook of Preaching and Preachers, Moody Press, 1984, p. 251.
In a British cemetery:
Pause my friend, as you walk by
As you are now, so once was I
As I am now so you will be
Prepare my friend, to follow me.
A visitor added,
To follow you is not my intent
Until I know which way you went!
Destiny is determined not by chances but by choices.