Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The King's Dream

Yesterday's blog ends with Daniel riding high!
He and his friends had the favor of the king,
had responsibilities and things were going well.

Today: "Knock, Knock." The door bursts open
and four stunned man look up from breakfast in
amazement. Arioch, the captain of the king's
bodyguard, stands before them with his armed
men and announces that he has come on the king's 
orders to kill them immediately. Daniel recovers and 
"replies with discretion and with discernment,"
"'Why is the king's decree so urgent?'" Arioch, 
his face glistening with sweat and fear, tells
Daniel how the king was terrified in the night by 
a dream he could not now remember, how his 
fury had grown to epic proportions because not
one of his magicians, conjurers, sorcerers, or 
Chaldeans could tell the king his dream or the 
interpretation. Daniel calmly asks to be taken to
the king. 

One minute Daniel is firmly planted in the palace
and the next minute he is facing immediate death.
No time to call a prayer meeting or to e-mail his 
friends! The Holy Spirit came to the rescue! My 
sense is that the peace of God swept over Daniel
and he was as calm as a poached egg!

Dear reader, life is uncertain. It appears that we 
are safe, and will continue to dwell in safety but
there are undercurrents indicating all is not well.
A certain Chinese man woke up everyday with a 
question on his lips, "Lord is this the day I die?"
Moses prays out of Psalm 90 verse 12:
"Teach us to number our days that we may get
a heart of wisdom." Yes, time is so short…

Thankfulness corner:
Visible snow covered peaks in the distance

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