SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW

“Happy is that people who God is The Lord.” (Ps.144:15)

MERRY MONDAY BY PARRIS BAILEY-

Tonight I heard these lyrics; “The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people passing by
I see friends shaking hands
Saying, “How do you do?”
They’re really saying, I…I love you
I hear babies cry and I watch them grow,
They’ll learn much more
Than we’ll know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world world”
Frank and I have spent the last week on the island of Oahu celebrating 40 years of walking with The Lord and marriage. I cannot recall spending this much time resting and soaking in His creation. We have seen beautiful sunsets, rainbows, a tropical storm, waterfalls, rain forests, myriad of fishes, an abundance of sea turtles, and have eaten way too much food. We swam, snorkeled, kayak, golfed, star gazed, hiked, read and tried to do nothing. There have even been two shark attacks in the one week that we have been here! (just great!) But I love this remark from M Henry; “As all this, and much more, cannot make us happy, unless the Lord be our God, so, if he be, the want of this, the loss of this, nay, the reverse of this, cannot make us miserable.”
Thomas Watson says this about being blessed: “Blessedness lies in the fruition of the chief good. It is not every good that makes a man blessed, but it must be the supreme good, and that is God. Christ comes to us and puts a new nature into us. Our state is altered by something that is perfect and holy. We will never be the same again. Watson goes onto to say; “Something which brings blessedness must have a delicious taste in it, such as the soul is instantly ravished with. There must be in it spirits of delight and quintessence of joy, and where can the soul suck those pure comforts which amaze it with wonder and crown it with delight. In God, says Augustine, “the soul is delighted with such sweetness as even transports it.” The love of God is a honeycomb which drops such infinite sweetness and satisfaction into the soul as in ‘unspeakable and full of glory”. (I Pet.5:8) A kiss from God’s mouth puts the soul into a divine ecstasy, so that now it cries out, “It is good to be here.”
One last quote says; “If the earth be bestowed upon us, and not heaven; or the material heaven be opened, and not the beatifical; or the whole world made ours, and God not ours; we do not arrive at happiness. All that is in the first proposition is nothing unless this be added.” Richard Holdsworth
“Somewhere over the rainbow
Blue birds fly
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Dreams really do come true ooh ooooh
Someday I’ll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me ee ee eeh
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney tops that’s where you’ll find me oh”
ISRAEL KAMAKAWIWO’OLE

4 Replies to “SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW”

  1. GOOD MORNING, Pastor Frank and Parris.
    Hallelujah, God’s glory, all His making by His hands, beautiful sunsets, flowers of all beautiful colors, trees, all the making of the world, such breath taking if you just stop and smell the roses… Spend time with HIm.
    All the turtles and fish that you were talking about just amazing views of those times. Sounds like you, Pastor Frank and the LORD are having a wonderful time. Enjoy the rest of your time, have fun, your in my prayers. Blessings, have a great day in our LORD. With love..:) Pastor Frank take it easy on her on the golf course. πŸ™‚ or maybe It’s the other way around:). Will find out when you all get home..
    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY,

  2. Pastors … we miss you much But there’s no place we would rather you be than celebrating Jesus, His creation, and each other.. What a beautiful picture of nature’s Genius described for us in your blog. And after the “Over the Rainbow ” song ends , remember There’s no place like Home. much love, cathy and mike.

  3. Greetings friends! Sylvester Stalone gave his life to Jesus Christ a few days ago! Good for him! The Family Worship Center Media Church welcomed him into the “Body Of Christ ” today !(It’s on face book) The news didn’t say anything about it though! How big is the table that God prepared for you on the beach? You know! The one in the presence of your enemies. Ha! Ha!

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