"What I don't know"
(© 2010 By Bob Perks)

7-28-2010 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #599

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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Bob Perks

Story of the Week
"What I don't know"
(© 2010 By Bob Perks)

I have spent a lifetime doing what I know.  At the same time my curiosity has guided me through quiet fields of waist deep grass, long walks along big city urban canyons, unending shorelines and on my knees digging in the dirt of my garden.
I will brag a bit here telling you that I have missed very little.  If it passed in front of me, I noticed it. Or at least I thought so.
It wasn't until recently that I realized that it's not all about what you know, what you've done or what you you've seen.
Today I write to tell you about what I don't know.
I don't know who.  Someone will say something, write something or simply walk in and out of my life. Everyone changes who I am forever by leaving a bit of who they are with me.
I don't know what.  Something will happen.  It will be positive or negative but the choice is mine.  I will choose how I see it and what I want from it.
I don't know where.  Right now I am here writing this for you.  I don't know where this effort will take me. I don't know where life is taking me either.  It's not that I don't have plans, it's just that my response to life is always changing.  Like life itself.  Like owning a map but keeping it in your pocket until you really need guidance.
I don't know when.  I am going to die.  I don't know when, but I know I will,  I also know I'm that I'm alive. In this case I must choose to go with what I know. I know I have this very moment so I must live it fully.  I must choose to get from it all that life has to offer.  I want to live until I die!
I don't know why.  This is a big one. Many things fall into this category.  Of all the things I don't know, "why" is the one that has often times caused pain, sleep loss, medical problems, fear, and weeping. It has also brought me joy and peace; when someone was kind to me, when someone prayed for me, when someone helped me financially, loved me, held me, hugged me, lifted me up when I was down, gave me a gift or simply listened to me when I needed someone to just listen.
I don't know how.  There have been many times when I wondered how I was going to get through some event in my life.  But I did.  There have been times when I didn't know how to laugh, love, cry, get up, stop, go, begin, quit, or how things were going to turn out.
Out of all the things I don't know, "How" gives me the least concern and the greatest comfort.  After alI this time, I realized that the answer to all the things I don't know comes from "How."  It's in the word itself.
I may not know "How" but I do know "Who."  
God is the answer to all the questions I have and proof that "it's not about what you know, but Who you know."
Knowing that lead me to write the following for my greeting card/wall print collection:
"What I can understand, I can handle.
What I can't understand, I give to God!"(c)

Pastor's Quote of the Week
The affectionate dedication of the human will to the doing of the Father's will is man's choicest gift to God; in fact, such a consecration of creature will constitutes man's only possible gift of true value to the Paradise Father.

(From: The Urantia Book – Paper-1 Section-1 )

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        The more I know, the more I realize how much I truly do not yet know. The more sure I think I am, the more suspect I should be of my surety. I will do all that I am able, my Father, but still I give it All to You!

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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