Better’n an Hour

Relent, O Lord! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants. Psalm 90:13

cartoon tough guyThis verse reminds me of a story I like to tell from my logging days. We had one of those surly bosses (his nickname was “Killer”) who liked to taunt, tease and intimidate us. Since he was a powerful and ferocious fighter, we were obliged to let him.

One hot afternoon—we knew it had to be near quitting time, which was 3:30—He came over where we were catching our breath, and one of the crewmembers asked him what time it was. He looked at his watch and growled, “Better’n an hour to go, boys.” Another crewman whined, “An hour. What time is it?” The boss grinned an evil grin and said, “Three-oh-five.” We all looked at each other with puzzled expressions, then one of the guys said, “But that’s only twenty five minutes.” The boss grinned even wider than before, and as he turned to amble away, said, “Well, that’s what I said. Twenty-five minutes is better’n and hour, ain’t it?”

My point is, we don’t know, and won’t know, the hour of our death or the hour of Jesus’ return. No matter how many times we ask God for the information, He will not allow us to know that information. He will, however, fill our hearts with His love and peace when we make Him the center of our lives. When the time for either event arrives, it will be a glorious hour.

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  1. Reblogged this on Marbles In My Pocket ~ The Official Blog of Charles L. Mashburn ~ Poems, Short Stories, and random thoughts from the author of "Be Still… and know that I am God" and commented:

    A post from five years ago. The story is true and the message keeps on working for me. I hope it does for you, too.

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