An Arabian proverb states, “Write the bad things that are done to you in the sand, but write the good things that happen to you on a piece of marble.”
In the 1920s, Harvey Penick bought a red spiral notebook, and began jotting down observations about golf. He never showed the book to anyone except his son until 1991, when he contacted a local writer, and asked him if he thought it was worth publishing. After reading it, the man said yes.
The next evening, he left word with Harvey that Simon & Schuster had agreed to an advance of $90,000. When the writer saw Penick later, the old man looked troubled. Finally, Penick expressed that with all his medical bills, there was no way he could advance Simon & Schuster that much money.
The writer explained to Mr. Penick that he would be the one receiving the money. His first book, Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book, sold more than a million copies, one of the biggest best-sellers in the history of sports books.
His second book, And If You Play Golf, You’re My Friend, sold nearly 275,000 copies.
Lesson: We can easily fail to see the blessings of God being made available to us.
In Psalm 81:16, God tells His people that He would have “fed them also with the finest of wheat; and with honey from the rock.”
He would not have fed them with wheat only, that’s good, but with “the finest of wheat,” that’s the best.
The margin reads with the fat of wheat, the most excellent.
Further, not just “honey,” but “honey from the rock,” which is the best and purest honey. God spares no cost, nor thinks anything too costly for Him, in being good and kind to His people!
“May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door” – Irish Toast.
Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center