My husband and I visited this lovely town in Indiana several years ago. We passed this GENTLEMAN several times while going back and forth to our destination...
when I finally noticed...
HEY...that's a STATUE!!
I laughed when I realized all this time I thought he was just an elderly man sitting there reading the newspaper! I had to go back and take pictures and look this over!!
I have pondered the thoughts about my devotion and could have said...
Who are you fooling?
But, the LORD laid on my heart another thought...
What STATUE do you REPRESENT?
STATUE; a representation, form of likeness, cause to STAND!
My thoughts lately have been on our usefulness...maybe even perhaps while just standing still. Waiting on the LORD. I began to ask the LORD...what am I doing to make a difference? I'm not mothering little children any more? My grandchildren live a far off...and with some health issues I can't be as active as I once was.
WHAT CAN I DO?
...and then a still small voice spoke...
BE FAITHFUL....BE AN EXAMPLE...STAND STRONG ON THE TRUTH...STAND STILL IN YOUR PLACE...
I liked this statue...showing the SMILE on this elderly man's face while sitting reading the news. Perhaps, he read something good that he agreed with... or perhaps he was smiling at something he had more WISDOM in and knew better than to believe all one reads in the papers!
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. Proverbs 3:13 kjv 1611
The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness. Proverbs 16:31 kjv 1611
Are you a woman of the world?...too busy on the cell phone and laptop to make a Spiritual difference in any ones life! Always on the go! Gotta be here and gotta be there! Appointments...calls... busy..busy with SELF.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal;
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
St. Matthew 6:19-21 kjv 1611
...and then there is the Father who takes time to show love to his children...here, patiently teaching his little one to ride a bike.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 kjv 1611
Like...using this experience as an object lesson?
...and here is Grandma. Doing her usual grocery shopping..standing firm on her convictions and yet has a heart of gold (some goodies in the bags for the grand kids?)
Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. Proverbs 31:25 kjv 1611
This statue... reminds me of a man in our church. Our song leader, choir director, orchestra director and dad, student and husband.
He stands in his place...week after week. Yet, the image of what he represents is ever present. As are all the rest here that I've shown.
I can think of so many people that have influenced my life...by just standing still in their place...doing what they should be doing for the LORD...and mostly STANDING for the TRUTH by the good example of continued faith.
These thoughts encouraged me greatly as I thought upon my own life.
Sometimes...standing still is the right place...standing FIRM.
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith... II Corinthians 16:13a kjv 1611
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Proverbs 27:17 kjv 1611 One of my favorite verses.
I pray this encourages anyone who might be downhearted on your usefulness as a Christian. FAITHFULNESS in this day speaks volumes of your strength in what you believe. Make a difference, by standing strong...standing still in your place!