In 30 days....

Daffodil Snow …the 12-inches of snow that dropped on New Hampshire yesterday, will have melted. The spring peepers will be peeping, sunning themselves on the thin crust of ice covering the vernal pond. When the daffodils and tulips, followed by swollen dogwood and black raspberry buds appear, it will be easier to imagine what now seems impossible – the feeling of warm sunshine on bare arms while picking berries, or the laughter of my children riding ocean waves. While nature isn’t always stable and constant, with occasional storms, earthquakes and hurricanes reminding us of its power, it is far more dependable and stable than human sin-nature, drawn to chaos. (Job 5:7)

It appears we are entering what the world calls a “downturn”, a time which will present economic hardship to every corner of the globe. Like the seasons, these upheavals of chaotic events, often of our own making, have come and gone from the beginning of time. John 16:33, Matt 16:18.

Paul Harvey, who died this past weekend, was born in 1918 during Woodrow Wilson’s presidential watch. Wilson is remembered as developing “progressive reform and asserted international leadership in building a new world order. In 1917 he proclaimed American entrance into World War I a crusade to make the world safe for democracy.” (firstworldwar.com)

Mr. Harvey lived – maybe I should say “survived” – 16 other presidents. That gives me some amount of hope we can survive The One we now have. We aren’t facing anything new. And, unfortunately, The One seems to be inadequately prepared and woefully unwilling to study the past. The strategies The One is engaging in have never worked – not in any time during the history of the world, even when put into place by other “leaders” who were equally as arrogant and deceitful.

“Ours is not the first by-George good government to arise on the world stage; there have been several. Rome, Spain, Greece, and China—each enjoyed about 150 years at its zenith . . . and then each decayed away. Not one of them was ever destroyed by anyone else’s marching legions. Each rotted away, morally, socially, culturally, economically simultaneously. One of the most cruel paradoxes of history is this: because each was a good government, it bore bountiful fruit, and when it bore bountiful fruit, the people got fat, and when they got fat they got lazy, and when they got lazy, they began to want to absolve themselves of personal responsibility and turn over to government to do for them things which, traditionally, they had been doing for themselves. At first there appears to be nothing wrong in asking government to perform some extra service for you, but if you ask government for extra services, government, in order to perform its increasing function, has to get bigger, right? And as government gets bigger, in order to support its increasing size it has to what? Tax the individual more. So the individual gets littler . . . until the government is all-powerful . . . and the people are cattle.”

Vanity, vanity, there is nothing new under the sun (Eccl 1:3-14). Paul Harvey delivered that message in 1963, just months before President Kennedy was assassinated. It is a timely message for us now, 46 years later – a good message about the American spirit not requiring help of the government, because people had the God-given desire to survive.

The “rest of the story”, all 3 parts of “The Testing Time” by Paul Harvey:

The Testing Time Part 1

The Testing Time Part 2

The Testing Time Part 3

For encouragement on facing difficult trials –

The Sifting of Simon Peter

On Sharing Your Own Soul

The Right Way To Be Rich

Be Constant in Prayer for the Joy of Hope


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