I’ve recently read through some really impactful books centered around the events of the Holocaust and WWII in Europe. Night by Elie Wiesel, Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom and Man’s Search For Meaning by Victor Frankl. All are first hand accounts of experiences during that tragedy….all lending to an entirely new perspective on life, purpose, suffering, meaning….tear jerking and thought provoking because of the harsh reality of that topic.
Victor Frankl was a know Austrian Psychologist whose major life work was his brain child, logotherapy. Before the Nazi’s came into Austria he was offered a chance to leave to the United States and further his work on a special visa, his elderly parents were elated because he was given the chance to escape what all knew was a coming nightmare. He was left with a difficult decision:
“It was then that I noticed a piece of marble lying on a table at home. When I asked my father about it, he explained that he had found it on the site where the National Socialists had burned down the largest Viennese synagogue. He had taken the piece home because it was a part of the tablets on which the Ten Commandments were inscribed. One gilded Hebrew letter was engraved on the piece; my father explained that this letter stood for one of the Commandments. Eagerly I asked, ‘Which one is it?’ He answered, ‘Honor thy father and they mother that thy days may be long upon the land.’ At that moment I decided to stay with my father and my mother upon the land, and to let the American visa lapse.”
Frankl went on to experience some of the most horrific evils in human history. He lost his parents, saw death, suffering, hope stolen, innocence destroyed, a nightmare so dark in many ways when you read about it, it seems surreal, unfathomable. His decision to stay cost him dearly, but he did what was right. Life is but a flash in the pan and he was given a moment to make a choice. He chose to honor his father and his mother and stay with them.
One might say, “but he lost so much, he would have been better off going to America”. So it seems. But his last moments with his mom & dad will be in his mind forever. They felt the sacrifice of his decision…an overwhelming honoring of them. He did survive and did go on to finish his work even though his manuscript was lost in the early stages of sorting in the concentration camps.
In our world today where we are told so often to do “what is good for you”, to always be worried about “being taken care of”, to “look out for number one”, a story like this is refreshing. This example of what it means to “Honor thy Mother and Father” is the perfect embodiment of what Children of God, followers of Jesus are called to do. We should honor our fathers and mothers.
The team from Palmer Trinity School in Miami has come and gone and left a huge blessing for Victor, Aracely and their twin girls. What would have taken them years to accomplish on their own was done in less than a month. It was something that will have changed their life forever…..and it was a fun week of work to boot!
Daisy’s battle with cancer came to an end yesterday afternoon. After two days in the ICU her major organs became unstable because of the liquid in her lungs and around her heart. Her family came over from the coast to visit her and to be with Margarita. Daisy lived with Miss Ruby and Margarita for so many years and was a steady help to them every day. It is going to be very difficult for Margarita to have lost her daughter. Daisy is with Jesus now for certain. She is going to be missed very much.
After we brought her home, the neighborhood had a church service in the street to celebrate her life, and worship God while mourning. Then afterward her family loaded her casket and too her back to Pearl Lagoon (8 hours away on the East Coast) to bury her next to her father. Alvin, Margarita’s brother, along with two of her granddaughters stayed with her here in Managua to care for her. Please be in prayer for Margarita, this is going to be a difficult time for her.
For those of you who knew Miss Ruby, you also knew her sister Margarita and her niece Daisy (Margarita’s daughter) who lived with Miss Ruby. Well Daisy has been really sick with lung infections this past month or so and there was concern it could be cancerous. Doctors were draining her lung today and she went into cardiac arrest. She is in the ICU now and things are not looking very good.
Would you please PRAY for Daisy and for her mom Margarita. This is a very difficult time. Thank you.
Daniel was called before Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, to interpret a dream that no diviner, Chaldean, medium or astrologer could decipher. Death was threatened to them all if no one would interpret the dream. God gave Daniel the interpretation and great acclaim followed, as did great and miraculous things. (Daniel 1-3) Later, Daniel was called back to interpret another dream, but this time it foretold the fall of Nebuchadnezzar as king, his outcast from his people, and the Lord of Heaven calling him to worship only Him.
I imagine Daniel knew this would not go well with the King, as it was not a very flattering interpretation. His Kingship would be taken. He would be outcast to eat grass with the cattle. And he was to command the King of Babylon to convert and worship the true Most High God. The King would suffer “until you acknowledge that the Most High is ruler over the kingdom of men, and he gives it to anyone he wants.” (Dn. 4:25) Daniel gave the interpretation to the most powerful ruler on earth, the king of mighty Babylon, with no hesitation.
Nebuchadnezzar did not execute Daniel. All that Daniel had interpreted (Daniel 4) came to pass. The King was humbled, dethroned, and humiliated to feed on grass with cattle and live with wild animals. But, the interpretation God gave Daniel had a promise at the end, that if the King acknowledged God, his kingdom would be restored. And after the “seven period time” of humiliation ended, Nebuchanezzar wrote this:
“For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are counted as nothing, and He does what He wants with the army of heaven and the inhabitants of the earth. There is no one who can hold back His hand or say to Him, What have you done?” … “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt, and glorify the King of heaven, because all His works are true and His ways are just. And He is able to humble those who walk in pride.” (Daniel 4:34-37)
The King of the greatest kingdom on earth had come to know the One True God. This is the conversion of the great King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar. Mrs. Ruby used to say about Daniel that the lions didn’t eat him in the Lion’s den because he was 100% spiritual. Lions eat flesh, but Daniel did not smell of flesh, he was 100% obedient to God even while serving high office in Nebuchadnezzar’s palace. He was obedient even prior to that when he was a slave in that same kingdom and his faithfulness to God would have gotten a death sentence. Daniel was 100% spiritual.
I believe the same God that Daniel worshiped, and the God Nebuchadnezzar came to worship, is alive today. Will we live our lives 100% obedient to God’s commands? Will I set aside all the things of this world to faithfully serve the Lord and strive to be 100% spiritual? That should be our goal, so that if the day come when I stand before the most powerful rulers of the earth and am asked to interpret a dream, God would give me the answer, I would be bold enough to proclaim it no matter what the consequences, and God will do His great things….even bring the rulers of the earth to worship and praise His name.
God is calling His people to great and amazing things…we should live our lives 100% obedient to Him. We should strive to be 100% spiritual.
To be a part of something so apparent is overwhelming. Marcos moved into Casa Robles almost three years ago. God has done great things in his life, and is still working. He is not a completed work by any means….but it is going to be so awesome to be apart of what God continues to do! We love Marcos! We found this old picture from when he used to live in La Chureca….it is so sweet to compare it to this picture from last week at Ruby Ranch. Thank you Jesus!!!
…the TV show WipeOut! Goodness gracious Krista and I are about crying watching so many people get whopped on the head and flung into the water by padded battering rams. If there was one thing America should pass around the world, I am pretty sure it should be this show. Awesome! Tear inducing on so many levels!!!