Posted by: Joe Palmer | February 24, 2010

Tale of Two Maria’s

A Tale of  Two Maria’s

By Joe Palmer

Maria woke up after a night of fear. She had just suffered through one of the most devastating earthquakes ever. To make matters worse she lived in the tiny island nation of Haiti. One of the poorest nations on earth. Few buildings were built to any code. No army or military could come to rescue them. The government is corrupt and the few police or rescue people that exist are as devastated as the citizens. Maria cried herself to sleep after spending hour searching for her family. The pile of rubble that had been their home had fallen. There was no way she could save them even if they had survived. She cried herself to sleep after hours of work and worry.

A few hours flight to the north another Maria is crying herself to sleep. She lives in a fine home. She ate a fine meal that evening. Her bed was warm, her house dry, and she was safely tucked away inside. Her life wasn’t shaken by an earthquake, but her life was quaking. Six months ago her husband had left her for another woman. Yesterday she found out she was losing her job due to the economic downturn of the economy. She wasn’t poor, but she lived paycheck to paycheck. Her stocks were worth half what they were a few years ago and her home was mortgaged for more than its value. She was okay physically tonight, but she felt a tremor. Her insides quaked with fear.

All around us people are looking for security. They crave stability. They yearn from something that they can believe in; someone they can trust. Our institutions have failed us. The Bernie Madoffs of the world have taught us that we can’t trust Wall Street. Enron, WorldCom, and others have made us feel we can’t trust business. We flipflop political parties, hoping that finally one will understand that we want someone we can trust. Divorce, infidelity, and abuse create personal mistrust in our families. The instability in our families leaves our youth wondering if they can trust anyone to make a promise and keep it.

The world seems to shake regardless of where we are. What should we do? Where can we go? There is only one Kingdom which cannot be shaken. It is the kingdom of God.(Hebrews 12:28)

• It is founded on a rock called Christ. (I Corinthians 10:4)
• Earthly kingdoms come and go, God’s Kingdom will not. The gates of hell will not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18)
• If you are a citizen of this kingdom there is nothing, or no one to fear. (Romans 8:28-31)
• Kings lose power, are defeated, are assassinated, or just die, but Christ is seated on the right hand of God. His kingdom is from everlasting unto everlasting. (Psalms 90:2)

Stay with us this year and study and learn about this kingdom. Better yet become it. It is a kingdom that can exist in your heart.

Joe Palmer
801 E John Sims Parkway
Niceville, FL 32578


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