“It’s Coffee Time” by Jane Paulson
The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.
Having a cup of coffee with a dear friend and sharing our thoughts together, she wanted to know if I had any fear when traveling by plane. “Well,” I said, “It is a good thing to have your house in order, just in case all would go wrong!” We could let fear rob us even in our every day living. Let it take away our joy and cause us to deny what’s written in God’s word. Psalms 89:15 says, “If we know the Lord and walk in the light of his presence, we can be confident, for we know nothing can happen to us unless he permits it.” Psalms 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble, therefore we will not fear.”
After our plane landed, we drove another five hours to a coastal city, then boarded a ferry to a nearby island. If you remember the comedy “Gilligan’s Island” …that sorta was it. They’ve made several movies there, and some stars live there. There were ponds marked “Alligators.” The signs said, “Do not feed them. They’re quicker than you and can jump pretty high!” You don’t fear, you obey the rules. The island was well developed by people of means. No cars allowed… no gas stations. you get an electric golf cart to go shopping and sightseeing at 18 miles per hour! One light house, one chapel, post office and city hall. All were fairly new, except the light house, which was over 200 years old, made of cut stone. You could go inside. There were steps to take you to the top to look out to the sea. I thought of the song writer who penned:
There’s a lighthouse on the hillside (the island)
And it overlooks life’s sea
When I’m tossed it sends out light that I might see,
And the light that shines in darkness
Now will safely lead me o’er.
If it wasn’t for that lighthouse,
This ship would sail no more!
I wondered how many ships this lighthouse helped to find their way to safety. There was another feature that interested me. There are two months on the North Carolina shore when the sea turtles leave the sea by night, lumber to the sandy beach, lay their eggs in the sand, cover them and leave back to the sea. During those two months, no travel, no lights are allowed near this area where they hatch. They are considered an endangered species. Most North Carolina beaches have a volunteer program that monitors the sea turtle. I was thinking, “Not even the sea turtle has to fear.”
While vising these easter states, I found it hard to understand their southern drawl. You can tell who is born and raised there from the ones who leave our north and go to live there. While my daughter was attending a meeting at Narragansett, Rhode Island, she thought I’d enjoy the Sea Shore Mall. As I was browsing around the shops, I greeted and visited with folks, and they did the same to me… and somehow they let me know they knew I wasn’t from their area. Finally, I came across a coffee shop. When the waitress brought my coffee, I said to her, “You must have my order mixed up with someone else. I don’t use cream or sugar in my coffee.” “Well,” she said. “You’re from the ‘West’ aren’t you?” Oh – so that was why I got this extra attention. It was my speech that gave me away! Later that day as I was having my devotions I was reading Matthew 27. The maid said to Peter, “You’re on of them, aren’t you?” Peter denied it. Then another maid said, “You are one of them.” Peter denied it, but others standing nearby said, “Your speech betrays you!” And still Peter denied it. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could talk in such a manner, people would know who we believe in and what we stand for and not having to deny it like Peter did?
Matthew 5:14-16 from the Living Bible says, “You are the world’s light” – a city on a hill, glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light! Let it shine for all. Let your good deeds glow for all to see, so that they will praise your heavenly Father.