Potent Quotable

Don’t marinate in anger—Mark Fuller

I rant, therefore I am.
Dennis Miller

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline stretches 800 miles through Alaska. Because it was built through an earthquake zone, engineers had to be sure the pipe could withstand earth trauma. They decided on a network of Teflon sliders designed to ease the shock when the ground moved below the pipes. Engineers were delighted when the first big test came. In 2002, an earthquake occurred causing the ground to move 18 feet to one side. The Teflon sliders moved gently to accommodate the movement without any damage to the pipe. The key was flexibility.

The believer’s spiritual pipeline to heaven is built upon firm trust in God. But if we are inflexible in our expectations of how God should work, we can run into trouble. In a crisis, we can make the mistake of shifting our focus from God to our painful circumstances. Our prayer should be, “God, I don’t understand why You have allowed this painful situation. But I am trusting in Your ultimate deliverance despite all that’s going on around me.” The psalmist expressed this so well when he wrote: “My soul trusts in You . . . until these calamities have passed by” (Ps. 57:1).

When the earth seems to move under us, let’s be flexible in our expectations but firmly confident in God’s steadfast love and care. —Dennis Fisher

Above all else: go out with a sense of humor.  It is needed armor.  Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.  ~Hugh Sidey


  1. Marlene said,

    December 4, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    This is just what I needed today. Thanks for posting. I will have joy and laughter and not marinate in anger.

  2. Laurie said,

    December 4, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    I am a huge believer in flexibility ….. it can get you through so much.
    That flexibility is in mind and spirit, sadly, not my body!!!!

  3. Laurie said,

    December 4, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Ooops — I forgot to mention that it’s snowing in your blob and I love it!!

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