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Trust Illustrations

  • A Picture of Peace

    bird nestThere once was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The King looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he really liked and he had to choose between them.

    One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror, for peaceful towering mountains were all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds.

    All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.

    The other picture had mountains too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell and in which lightening played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall.

  • And God Said "No"

    sky raysI asked God to take away my pride,
    And God said, "No."
    He said it was not for Him to take away,
    But for me to give up.

    I asked God to make my handicapped child whole,
    And God said, "No."
    He said her spirit is eternal,
    While her body is only temporary.

  • Barber Job Description

    barberHe prunes the foliage on your head
    And trims around the ear
    So you will look respectable
    Wherever you appear.

    With special shears he thins your hair
    Then washes it with soap
    Or uses some restoring stuff
    To give you added hope.

  • Child Like Faith, Fear

    stormA little boy walked to and from school daily. Though the weather that morning was questionable and clouds were forming, he made his daily trek to the elementary school.

    As the afternoon progressed, the winds whipped up, along with thunder and lightning.

    The mother of the little boy felt concerned that her son would be frightened as he walked home from school and she herself feared that the electrical storm might harm her child. Following the roar of thunder, lightning would cut through the sky like a flaming sword.

  • Credit Requests

    old man 4An elderly fisherman wrote the following to a catalog company: "Please send me one of those gasoline engines for my boat you show on page 438, and if it's any good, I'll send you a check."

    In a short time he received the following reply: "Please send check. If it's any good, we'll send the engine."

  • Disappointment

    boxI bought a box of self-improvement tapes: "How To Handle Disappointment."

    I got it home and the box was empty.

  • Everything New Gets Old Too Soon

    old coupleI am not one to stay up New Year’s Eve to watch some celebrity drop the ball at Times Square at midnight. All year long I have to put up with people dropping the ball so I’m not going to make a special effort to watch somebody drop another ball.

    As for the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and myself we stayed home New Year’s Eve and enjoyed our own society. It’s always good to have nothing to do and knowing that nobody will stop by and nobody’s going to call us on the phone. A night with the cell phones quiet is like a night in the forest. Everybody is out celebrating the end of the old year.

    I think everybody has the right to celebrate in his or her own way.

  • God Knows

    dark forestGod Knows by Minnie Louise Haskins.

    And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
    And he replied:
    “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
    So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.

    So heart be still:
    What need our little life
    Our human life to know,
    If God hath comprehension?
    In all the dizzy strife
    Of things both high and low,
    God hideth His intention.

  • God's Cake, Trials

    cake eatSometimes we wonder, "What did I do to deserve this?" or "Why did God have to do this to me?" Here is a wonderful explanation!

    A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going wrong, she's failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away. Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says, "Absolutely Mom, I love your cake."

    "Here, have some cooking oil," her Mother offers.

    "Yuck," says her daughter.

  • Identification

    chequeA woman went into a hardware store to purchase a bale of peat moss. She gave a personal check in payment and said to the clerk, "I suppose you will want some identification."

    He replied, without hesitation, "No ma'am, that won't be necessary."

    "How come?" asked the woman.

    "Crooks don't usually buy peat moss," answered the clerk.

  • In His Hands

    hand man"In His Hands"

    We know not what tomorrow brings although we plan ahead

    For only God alone can know the pathway we must tread.

    We cannot know the future - not one minute nor one hour -

    Each circumstance that we must face lay only in His power.

  • Integrity #2

    failure targetA male pastor walked into a neighborhood pub to use the restroom. The place was hopping with music and dancing, until people saw the pastor. As the room quieted down he walked up to the bartender, and asked, "May I please use the restroom?"

    The bartender replied, "I really don't think you should."

    "Why not?" the pastor asked. "I really need to use a restroom!"

    "Well, I don't think you should. There is a statue of a naked woman in there — and she's only covered by a fig leaf!"

    "Nonsense," said the pastor, "I'll look the other way!"

  • Moments

    womanIf God brings you to it,

    He will bring you through it.

    Happy moments, praise God.

    Difficult moments, seek God.

    Quiet moments, worship God.

    Painful moments, trust God.

    Every moment, thank God.

  • Our Shepherd

    sheep2A Sunday school teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible: Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the chapter.

    Little Rick was excited about the task, but he just couldn't remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get past the first line. On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation, Rickey was very nervous.

    When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly, "The Lord is my Shepherd, and that's all I need to know."

  • The Little Voice

    vegasA guy gets home from work one night and hears a little voice. The little voice tells him, "Quit your job, sell your house, take your money, go to Vegas." The man is disturbed at what he hears and ignores the little voice.

    The next day, when he gets home from work, the same thing happens. The little voice tells him, "Quit your job, sell your house, take your money, go to Vegas." Again, the man ignores the little voice, though he is very troubled by the event.

    Every day, day after day, the man hears the same little voice when he gets home from work, "Quit your job, sell your house, take your money, go to Vegas." Each time the man hears the little voice he becomes increasingly upset. Finally, after two weeks, he succumbs to the pressure. He does quit his job, sells his house, takes his money and heads to Vegas.

  • The Weight of Prayer

    scales balanceThe Weight of Prayer (Author Unknown)

    Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store. She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries. She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work, they had seven children and they needed food.

    John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store. Visualizing the family needs, she said: "Please, sir! I will bring you the money just as soon as I can." John told her he could not give her credit, as she did not have a charge account at his store.

  • Tired Dog

    dog2An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of. He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head. Then he followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep.

    An hour later he went to the door and I let him out.

    The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks.

  • Trust

    classAs a new school Principal, Mr. Mitchell was checking over his school on the first day. Passing the stockroom, he was startled to see the door wide open and teachers bustling in and out, carrying off books and supplies in preparation for the arrival of students the next day.

    The school where he had been a Principal the previous year had used a check-out system only slightly less elaborate than that at Fort Knox.

    Cautiously, he asked the school's long time Custodian, "Do you think it's wise to keep the stock room unlocked and to let the teachers take things without requisitions?"

    The Custodian looked at him gravely. "We trust them with the children, don't we?"

  • Umbrella

    umbrellaAn old pastor stood in his pulpit addressing the congregation about the drought that had lasted for at least 8 months.

    As all stood filled with faith, he told the congregation they would gather that night for prayer.

    "Folks we are going to pray for rain so come prepared to see God move in a great way."

    That night as many assembled the old pastor stood and asked a simple question.

    "Folks, where are your umbrellas?"

  • Worry

    golf teeA golf pro dragged himself into the clubhouse looking as though he'd just escaped a tornado.

    "What's wrong?" a woman asked.

    "I just lost a game to Houlihan," the pro said.

    "What? But Houlihan's the worst player I've ever seen. How could he have beaten you?"

    "He tricked me," the pro said. "On the first tee, he asked for a handicap. I told him he could have 30, 40, 50 strokes - any handicap he wanted. He said, 'Just give me two gotchas.'"

    "What's a gotcha?" asked the woman.

    "That's what I wanted to know," the pro said. "Houlihan said, 'You'll see.' Then, as I was teeing off, just as I had my club poised, he grabbed my shorts and gave me a wedgie and screamed out 'Gotcha!'"

    "I can guess what happened," the woman said.

    "Sure," the pro said. "That gotcha threw me off, and I missed the ball completely."

    "Understandable," the woman said. "But still, that's only one swing. How did he win the game?"

    The pro answered, "I couldn't swing well the rest of the game because I was watching out for that second 'gotcha!'"