THE WOODCUTTER'S WISDOM

Saturday, April 09, 2011

In his marvelous book, In The Eye Of The Storm Max Lucado tells the story of an old woodcutter who spoke words of wisdom when he said: "Life is so vast, yet you judge all of life with one page or one word. All you have is a fragment! Don't say that this is a blessing. No one knows. I am content with what I know. I am not perturbed by what I don't."

Lucado then says: "The old man was right. We only have a fragment. Life's mishaps and horrors are only a page out of a grand book. We must be slow about drawing conclusions. We must reserve judgment on life's storms until we know the whole story. I don't know where the woodcutter learned his patience. Perhaps from another woodcutter in Galilee. For it was the Carpenter who said it best: "Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself." He should know. he is the Author of our story. And he has already written the final chapter."

And I say: AMEN! 



11 comments:

Karen said...

Yes. I can look back over my life and see how things I thought were "the end" were really open doors. Thanks for sharing this.

From The Heart said...

Wise words! Thank you for posting.
Shirley

Cathy said...

Amen! That is just great, Clif. Blessings ~

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

It seems like our lives are like a tapestry, but we only see the underside. One day the Lord will reveal the completed work.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

Loren said...

I agree wholeheartedly...so many times when we think all is said and done God shows up and gives us HIS "suddenly!" I LOVE those moments....or other times when we see HIS hand soo clearly on a situation and the blessing HE has provided :) Yes, HIS WAYS are soo much higher than ours indeed!

Great post Clif!

Charlotte/For Such A Time As This said...

I like the woodcutter:)

I'm sure I haven't a clue what is really going on! God's plans are so much bigger than I could possibly comprehend.

Renee said...

I had forgotten this story...wonderful reminder that there is another story..."the rest of the story" in Jesus Christ!

sarah said...

Yes to this!!!!

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

I will ponder on that sometimes, I will be still and just think that yes,God know the final chapter.
Blessings and Hugs,
Ginger

Whidbey Woman said...

Great post, Clif!

Pamela said...

This is a wonderful story and truly a wise man. I need to be reminded of this once in a while. I love knowing God controls my story -- the beginning and the end.