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Slow Down to Get Around

The other day I got stuck in the slow lane behind a garbage truck. Even with the air on recirculate, I could smell the contents of a McDonald’s dumpster. “Well, this stinks,” I said through clenched teeth.๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Finally, I was able to slide over into the fast lane, only to get caught by a red light.๐Ÿ˜– But that’s when I had time to read the sign on the back.

“How can I get around you if I slow down?!”๐Ÿค” I asked the offensive truck. Then I realized what the sign means. When one is traveling in a neighborhood behind a giant garbage truck, it’s best to pass it carefully. You don’t want to hit a sanitation worker, or meet another vehicle head on.


A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.

Proverbs 19:11

Frankly, the sign on the garbage truck was a sign from God. At least for me. Recently, I’ve felt a bit stuck (that’s twice in one post) behind situations that, quite simply, stink. The temptation to speed around them has been strong.

So, what if I WANT you to follow a proverbial “garbage truck” for awhile?” said the Holy Spirit. “Is it really a deal-breaker?” Well, when you put it that way, Lord… I suppose I can slow down to get around.

Is it okay if I hold my nose?

Thank you for reading. ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธprayers and love.

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Christian Blog Easter

Morning Glory

Photo by Gary Fultz on Unsplash

Here’s an Easter micro poem from my other site, All Haiku. Happy Resurrection Sunday to all. ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ prayers and love.


past the ping-pong spring

the flowers come back alive

like Christ from the dead


Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live.”

John 11:25 (NKJV)
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Christian Blog Easter

Nobody Knew His Secret Ambition

Blogger Beth Alison, from Lessons from a Lab, shared a post yesterday about the Christian’s new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Christ from the dead. A Moment with Our Creator: 1 Peter 1:3 closes with Beth’s request for her readers to share their favorite Easter song.

Musically, Easter brings to mind a favorite tune from back in 1988, Secret Ambition, by Michael W. Smith. The last line of the chorus summarizes the whole song:

๐ŸŽถ Nobody knew His secret ambition was to give His life away.๐ŸŽถ

Michael W. Smith

I grew up Baptist, and the Passion of Christ (the events from the night before his crucifixion until his death on the cross) was not emphasized. Nevertheless, during the Easter season the Holy Spirit draws me to passages, like Isaiah chapter 53, where Jesus is described as our Suffering Servant.

He was arrested and sentenced to death. Then He was taken away. He was cut off from this life. He was punished for the sins of my people. Who among those who were living at that time tried to stop what was happening?

Isaiah 53:8 (NIRV)

Better yet, who alive at that time truly UNDERSTOOD what was happening–before the resurrection and ascension of Christ?

But He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by his wounds were are healed.

Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)

At one Baptist church I attended, we actually held a Good Friday service. The scripture readings, worship music, and a short sermon all focused on the death of Christ. The congregation was then asked to leave in silence, contemplating the significance of the crucifixion.

But our throughly protestant pastor struggled to stick with the plan. During the benediction he remarked, “Brethren, Jesus died for our sins; we must remember His sacrifice. But, praise the Lord, He rose again on Easter!”

Note: If you see a black box where the video should be, please search on YouTube for Michael W. Smith Secret Ambition. It’s the one with 3.4 million views and is worth watching.

Thank you for reading. ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ prayers and love. Have a blessed Easter!