Monthly Archives: May 2014

Shared Email Stories: “Baskets”

A story is told about an old lady who was living in the village. She had never owned or even been in a car before.One day, she was returning home from the market carrying a big heavy basket on her head, when a rich man riding his car passed by. Kindly, he offered to drive the lady to her home. She thanked him and got into the car with her basket. On the way, the man glanced at the lady in the mirror, still holding her basket over her head. Astonished, he asked her to lay the basket down in the car and rest. The old lady naively replied, “Oh my son, your car is carrying me; this is enough, I should not burden it carrying my basket too!”

What an innocently funny response! We sometimes do the same with God. Everyday, God carries us during the day. Still, do we insist on carrying our heavy baskets of worries? And, fear of the future, for family, kids, spouse, money, job, etc? We are carried by Almighty Hands, watched over by Sleepless Eyes, and God plans our future. Let us then relax and lay down everything in God’s hands.

The old lady, if she agreed to lay down the basket, would have to carry it again when back home.
But the beautiful thing about God is that once we cast our heavy baskets in His Hands, we do not need to think about it anymore.

“Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart”
(Psalms 37:4).

Special Video Presentation: Birth of the Israeli Air Force

I’d like to share with you a video, part of a film documentary project entitled “Above and Beyond: Birth of the Israel Air Force.”

Whenever I speak or teach on Biblical history, I always mention that the problem with proper  interpretation is because so often, we put a prophet or character in today’s time … instead of us going back to the prophet or character’s time. This will be true in this video. We have to go back to 1948 in order to understand what was happening, and the feelings behind it.

As a collector of old time radio programs, including collections of World War II radio program broadcasts, it is amazing what was actually said about the enemy, and the leaders of those nations, during those broadcasts. And, what was allowed to be said about those who sympathized with the enemy.  So much of this would not even be considered to be allowed today.

The video you are about to watch features the story of 4 American pilots, flying “4 junk airplanes,” in what was considered to be a mission that seemed as impossible as it was illegal (again … at the time).
Please note these are combat veteran pilots, looking back … speaking honestly and openly now, and a word may slip out …

Scripture is clear that we should pray for Israel. For example, Psalm 122:6 says to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.” When I watched what happened when these 4 planes took off from the make-shift hanger in 1948, I was reminded of Psalm 129:6: “Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.”

Seems like a good time to encourage you to pray, daily, for the nation of Israel, and her people. I can honestly say that, every day, as part of my morning prayer, I pray for Israel. And, I will admit that my prayer, really, never changes:
I pray for the nation of Israel; that God will watch over Israel, and protect Her from those who wish to do her harm. I pray that these nations will realize the benefits of befriending Israel. Somewhere in here, I bring up the United States and her allies.
Psalm 75:7 is very clear, and I quote this Scripture every morning as I pray for the governments of the world: “God is the judge: He putteth down one, and setteth up another.”

Now, we go back to the world in 1948, with “Birth of the Israeli Air Force”: