Sakeji Bush Talk
Term Three 2004 - Page 1
Would You Play With Me?
A Story About Friendship
Jerry the mouse was looking for someone to play with. He saw Ben the monkey. "Would you play with me Ben?" Jerry asked. "I'm sorry Jerry", Ben said, "but I'm busy and I can't play with you." Jerry was sad Ben couldn't play with him, but off he went. He then saw Bill the dog. "Would you play with me me Bill?" Jerry asked. "I'm sorry Jerry", bill said, "I can't play with you, I'm too busy." Jerry was sad. Would anybody play with him? Jerry walked for a little while until he saw Mickey the raccoon. "Would you play with me?" He asked. "I'm sorry I can't play with you, I'm busy." Jerry was really sad nobody could play with him. Was something wrong with him, he wondered? Or was it because he was too small? Then he met Susan the duck. "Would you play with me Susan?" "Yes", said Susan. "I'll play with you." Jerry was happy because maybe it wasn't because he was too small. And they played. The end.
Laziness is lavender,
A Message from the Headmaster
Dear Sakeji Families and Friends,
In the last few days, I've been looking at the well-known words of Psalm 37:4-6. Through being here at Sakeji over these past three years, I well remember my first understanding of these words as a child. "Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness (or feed on faithfulness). Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act." ESV Haven't we all, in our youth, thought, "Oh, what a wonderful promise! All I have to do is to delight in the Lord, and He'll give me everything I want." But, looking, perhaps a little more carefully, I'm persuaded that what the Lord gives in response to our wholehearted trust in Him, our 'feeding' on His faithfulness (until a resemblance to our Father is seen in us), our true delight in Him (His Word, His will and His ways) are a full committal of our way to Him, - is not merely the gratifying of our wants. His pleasure is to 'give us the desires of our hearts'. That is, He gives us the desires our hearts should have!
If we then ponder that truth, we discover that if our desires are so completely 'at one' with the Lord's, that His desires are outs, - then He can trust us with the cheque book, and whisper to our soul, "Whatever you ask In My Name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything In My Name, I will do it." John 14: 13, 14 ESV
A check-list seems to emerge:
Mr. Arthur Goodman was a missionary of many years ago. Leaving his homeland for the first time, bound for a land and a people he did not know, he boarded the ship that would take him half way around the world. As he positioned himself by the rail of the ship and looked out upon those he would now be leaving for an indefinite length of time, a sudden wave of anxiety swept over him. As the full impact hit him, of what was involved in the commitment he had made of his life and future to God, he quickly sought the refuge of his stateroom, where he fell on his face and cried out to the Lord in his weakness. Rising to sit on his bunk moments later, he opened his well-worn KJV Bible. Resorting to the Psalms, he read until his eyes fell on something he had never noticed before -- though he loved the Scriptures. In the 23rd verse of Psalm 37, he saw it written, "The steps of A. Goodman are ordered by the Lord, and he delighteth in his way." Sadness gave way to joy, turmoil turned to peace, and doubt fled before the assurance of God that he was in the center of His will. Yes, "The steps of a (any) man are established by the Lord, when he delights in His way." Psalm 37:23 ESV Have you found delight in Him, a refuge for your soul?
May His blessings be yours now and in the coming year