Friday, June 27, 2014

CARLSBAD: GOD OPENS OUR FUTURE IN AMAZING WAYS

CARLSBAD: ONE MOMENT OF WONDER CHANGED JIM WHITE'S FUTURE
By Ada Brownell

EXCERPT FROM IMAGINE THE FUTURE YOU

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 Sixteen-year-old Jim White rode his horse through New Mexico’s desert in 1898, looking for cattle, when he noticed a plume of bats rise into the sky. He investigated where they came from and discovered Carlsbad Caverns, among the largest and most spectacular caves in the world.
The huge hole in the rocky hill from which the bats boiled drew Jim back a few days later. He brought a rope and tools he needed. He made a crude ladder, took his kerosene lantern, and carefully descended into the cave. The next day he returned to the caverns with a fifteen-year-old friend.
Extensive explorations began in 1901, and Jim White was there. He helped construct the first trails, stairs, and lights.
Jim had no idea that day when he mounted his horse he would discover one of the largest caves in the world. Like Jim, we never know what opportunities will come, but often they do appear because we’re looking for them or expecting God to lead us to them. I wouldn't be surprised Jim talked to the Lord out on the range. while he worked.
I don't know whether Jim White was a Christian, but the Psalmist wrote "Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be" (Psalm 139:16). So God knew Jim whether or not Jim knew God.
When our hearts are tuned in to the excitement and wonder of life, we expect good things in the future.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Even if I knew tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”[1]
Behind every apple you eat is someone who looked into the future with hope and imagination because an apple seed takes more than ten years to produce fruit.
Today is the time to work on our tomorrows. Will you be the person you dream of being—or someone from your nightmares?
You don’t need a fortune teller to reveal your future. The truth is, you are the person who determines who you will be, what your life will be like, and how your hopes and dreams will be fulfilled. Today is the time to imagine and to create an action plan for your future.
     




[1] Frank Lutz, Words That Work (New York: Hyperion, 2007).