MUSINGS OF AN “OLDER” MAN. Nr.24

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Nr.23 ended with: “So let’s remember those words, “Don’t take your eyes off the tree until you get to the other side.” That’s what faith is all about! Now what about California………?”

Allow me to repeat once more, “Don’t take your eyes of the Tree.” Hebrews 12:2-3 says, “Looking unto Jesus (not people),…… for consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.” So there’s the remedy for discouragement: “Consider Him!” Keep your eyes on Him!

The end of my first year had come. We had a tremendous closing conference with the graduation of the third year students. The college had beside a large choir also a smaller one, a radio choir with 14-16 students. Though I am not a nightingale, I was part of that choir. Every Sunday night the college would have a radio broadcast for southern Saskatchewan. The principal would speak and the choir would sing several songs. After the closing of the school year, the radio choir traveled for two weeks visiting a different church every evening somewhere in Sask. It was a great time. After returning from this tour I worked for a local farmer doing the seeding for him. How I loved that, driving the tractor and going around these enormous fields. At one time we were warned about  a grasshopper plague and some fields that were green already were bare the next morning eaten clean by the grasshoppers. We sprayed the other fields as quickly as possible; one time I sat on the tractor for 58 hours, then I got sick from tiredness and inhaling the poison.

I helped at a children’s camp in Alberta for two weeks in June and there I met a man and his wife in their 60’s from California, who’s forefathers had come from Holland. They asked me to come and work on their farm, they had 30.000 turkeys and 4.000 fruit trees, peaches and almonds. I would earn enough to go back to College. A few days later I flew to California, not knowing that there my surrender to God would be greatly tested…….! (Go to Musings)

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