Brennan Manning in his book, “The Ragamuffin Gospel”, tells about a child caught on the second floor of his house when it was on fire. The family members were all running out of the house when the smallest boy panicked and ran back upstairs. Terrified, he screamed from a smoke-filled window. Below, his father could see him and cried out, “Jump, son, jump! I’ll catch you.” “But daddy, I can’t see you,” the boy cried. “I know,” the father called, “but I can see you.” The father could see the son and that’s all that really mattered.
The preacher placed two identical jars on the table next to the pulpit. He then quoted I Samuel 16:7, “the Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” “These jars came from the same factory, were made of the same materials, and can hold the same amount. But they are different,” the preacher explained. Then he upset one and it oozed out honey. He turned over the other, and vinegar spilled out.
There is a beautiful legend about a king who decided to set aside a special day to honor his greatest subject. When the big day arrived, there was a large gathering in the palace courtyard. Four finalists were brought forward, and from these four, the king would select the winner.
Museums, zoos, and other amusement parks offer annual passes that let you get into their facilities anytime during the duration of the pass. It doesn’t matter how many times you go, but obviously you get the most benefit from the pass if you attend frequently.
In 1972, NASA launched the exploratory space probe Pioneer 10. The satellite’s primary mission was to reach Jupiter, photograph the planet and its moons, and beam data to earth. Scientists regarded this as a bold plan, for at that time no earth satellite had ever gone beyond Mars, and they feared the asteroid belt would destroy the satellite before it could reach its target. Pioneer 10 accomplished its mission and much, much more. Swinging past the giant planet in November 1973, Jupiter’s immense gravity hurled Pioneer 10 at a higher rate of speed toward the edge of the solar system. At one billion miles from the sun, Pioneer 10 passed Saturn. At some two billion miles, it hurtled past Uranus; Neptune at nearly three billion miles; Pluto at almost four billion miles. By 1997, twenty-five years after its launch, Pioneer 10 was more than six billion miles from the sun.