I remember watching the longest game in NFL history on Christmas Day in 1991. It ran for 82 minutes and 40 seconds, finally ending with a field goal by Garo Yepremian that allowed the Dolphins to win 27-24. I couldn’t help but think about the pressure Garo must have felt in that final moment.
Bill caught a pike and was in the process of taking one of the treble hooks out when the fish jumped. The radical movement embedded a set of treble hooks into each hand. With the subsequent movements of the fish, the barbs of the hooks penetrated to the bone at the base of both thumbs.
I should have paid more attention to the advertisement that read: “Raging roller coaster rides that are for the insane.” Rides like Tremors and Timber Terror go up steep inclines only to dump you back down to earth at 65 mph. Real fun if you’re half-crazy! Like riding a roller coaster, sometimes when life is a great challenge we should just close our eyes in prayer and trust that God will bring us through it.
They assembled at the starting line for the 100-yard dash. At the gun, they all started out, not exactly in a dash but with a relish to run the race to the finish, that is, except one little boy who stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled over a couple of times, and began to weep.
No man should have to walk through trials and tribulations alone. Without God in our lives and a good companion to walk with us, life is darn scary.
We need more peace-makers today. Wherever we look there is tension, turmoil, and dissension. What can we learn from the way Paul encouraged Philemon’s and Onesimus’ reconciliation?