Sunday, 21 September 2008

Hang it there!

I hired a plumber to help me restore an old farmhouse, and after he had just finished a rough first day on the job: a flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric drill quit and his ancient one ton truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence. On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. When opening the door he underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss. Afterward he walked me to the car. We passed the tree and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier. Oh, that's my trouble tree," he replied. "I know I can't help having troubles on the job, but one thing's for sure, those troubles don't belong in the house with my wife and the children. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home and ask God to take care of them. Then in the morning I pick them up again.Funny thing is," he smiled, "when I come out in the morning to pick 'em up, there aren't nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before."

Cast all of your care upon HIM, for he care for you!


Ellena said...

Ya.. there are indeed a lot of troubles in our life that can't be brought into our family life. At times i do faced a lot of problems but and i used to mix it with my time with God and my son.... Upon reading this post, tears flow down my ears..... Thanks for sharing this post... Pal... thanks.. God is good... and He is always Faitful... Amen!

I knew he is always there for me to "Hang my troubles & burdens" but then from time to time i always forget to see him there........

J.H said...

hi ellena,
apologise for my late response. You are most welcome! You had been a great encouragement to me as well. God bless, and keep on writting!