Cause to Pause

Reflections On Our Life in Jesus Christ

Today’s Bible Reading (from 1 Kings 21-22; Luke 23:26-56
Wednesday’s: 2 Kings 1-3; Luke 24:1-35

It was a simple case of science – “The case of the exploding automatic poultry waterer.”  A fellow poultry raiser – or chicken tender we call ourselves – made me aware of this new-fangled contraption that will supposedly make life easier for the chicken tender.  I plumbed the section necessary to deliver the water supply to the chicken compound and hooked up to the APW (automatic poultry waterer).  Part of the APW consists of a five-gallon plastic bucket with a lid on it.  The lid was secure on the bucket.  I turned on the water supply and the bucket began to fill.  I checked for leaks.  Nowhere to be found.  “Success,” I thought!  Just then, “ka-pow!!!”  After a few seconds of stunned confusion, I realized what had happened.  The lid had blown off the bucket!  Loudly!  Flashback to sixth grade science.  As the bucket filled with H2O, the O had nowhere to go but up!  And out!  The chickens squawked at me for the next ten minutes because I had created such a racket.

There are times, and I’m sure you’ve experienced them as well, when my gratitude, my appreciation, my realization of what a mighty God we serve, is so overwhelming that I feel like that five-gallon bucket when it was filling with H2O.  As the psalmist would say, “my cup overflows!”  In those times, don’t hold back.  Let it out!  “Shout to the Lord all the Earth, let us sing power and majesty, praise to the King!”[1]

Best regards,
Mark Dillman
Minister, Airport Rd. Church of Christ

[1] Hillsong Worship, Shout to the Lord, LyricFind.