Looking forward to Thanksgiving the thought crossed my mind about the work
necessary for the celebration. Not just the meal preparation but the effort
that goes into the harvest. What have we done to prepare for the harvest?
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Ah the smell of Thanksgiving; turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy and all
the fixings. This past weekend we had our Harvest Dinner at Mount Carmel
Christian Church, The Racer’s Church. What a wonderful time of community,
food, fun and celebration. It is a special time when friends and family come
together around the table to enjoy the fruits of each other’s labor.
Thinking about all that we enjoy I wondered who put forth the effort to
make it a reality. Sure Lynda and I were up at six preparing and getting the
turkey in the oven. Others were busy at their homes preparing a dish to
share. But the work started much sooner for many. The farmer comes to mind.
Their effort to cultivate, plant, nurture and grow made the biggest
contribution to the meal.
What about a championship? What sort of things need to be in place for
that celebration to take place? We can go all the way back to the raw metal
sitting in the rack waiting to be cut and pieced together. Even before that,
the mind of the chassis builder as they plan the way the pieces will fit
together. Many hands go into a championship celebration.
I wonder if we have stopped to consider all the people who made our
championship a success. As my mind stretches to get a handle on that the
people involved keep flowing in; The chassis, motor, components, driver,
team, track, series, and the list goes on. Whether a top division or a
support division, no matter, all the hands necessary to complete the effort
The thought intelligent design comes to mind. Someone, somewhere had to
have the thought to organize this entire effort into what we call racing.
Overwhelming when you stop and consider. We receive the blessing of pursuing
what we have a passion in our heart to do. Thankful seems somehow
The harvest isn’t possible without the effort of so many. We have friends
that returned to farming after being away for a season. We see the joy and
satisfaction visible on their faces as they bring in the harvest. Many an
early morning or late night. A concern about the weather, will it cooperate.
Cultivating, planting, fertilizing, watering and tending to the crop. For
what? The satisfaction of the harvest.
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
God is our maker, He is the one who knitted us
together, hidden from view. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. Each one
of us is a creation of the Lord God Almighty. I think we forget that
sometimes. Each one of us has the unique touch of our creator. Created for a
purpose, a harvest, if you will. Created uniquely qualified to fit into the
plan of the Lord.
Have you wondered how some things fit so well together? Turkey and
stuffing, peas and carrots, tea and honey, the list goes on. We were created
to complement each other. There is a plan and we have a part in it. Consider
what God created you for. Consider what God desires for your life.
Matthew 9:35-38; Jesus
traveled through all the towns and villages of that area,
teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom.
And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds,
he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like
sheep without a shepherd.
He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few.
So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more
workers into his fields.”
We need to seek out the Lord of the harvest and
ask for direction. We need to be willing to follow His plan, the plan put in
place before our eyes beheld the beauty of this world. This was created for
us to have dominion over, but we have fallen short. Without all the
necessary effort the harvest will be incomplete.
Where does this find us today? Are we celebrating because of the efforts
of many? Are we reaping the glory of the harvest? Maybe, but have we allowed
the Lord to direct us in being a part of the effort to grow that which is
I remember the calling of the prophet Isaiah. He found himself guilty in
the presence of the Lord Almighty.
Isaiah 6:5-8; Then I
said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy
and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the
Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”
Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from
the altar with a pair of tongs.
He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips.
Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.”
Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this
people? Who will go for us?”
I said, “Here I am. Send me.”
The Lord of the Harvest is ready and willing to
forgive. He is on His throne waiting for each of us to come before Him and
seek forgiveness. He will forgive and enable us to work for Him as He
prepares for the harvest. Are we willing to receive the gift He offers? Are
we willing to put for the effort to make the harvest great? As I see the
eyes of fulfillment and satisfaction in the farmer, the reward is greater
than we know. Allow the Lord to have dominion over your life. Amen.
EAST ALABAMA - Grateful to our dedicated chaplains out there. This
past weekend Chaplain Joe Kelly was at East Alabama Motor Speedway for the
42nd Annual National 100. A wonderful chapel service included driver Randy
Weaver sharing his testimony for the fans to hear. In addition to those at
chapel Joe has taken to streaming his service live. Over 6,000 viewed the
service online, PTL. What a great effort to share with the folks. I am told
that many in the camping area streamed the service right from the comfort of
I can’t share how this effort will open new doors for the work of God.
Please share with us if you have been touched by our efforts. Also, we would
love to have you come on board and partner with us as we seek to make Him
known. Until next time, remember God loves you and Jesus is Lord over Auto
Racing! God Bless. Remember, that your prayerful support helps us continue
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