IMAGE credit courtesy of Larry Wright & ABC News
Tim Taylor's handwritten note was discovered by 69 year old Larry Wright with his son and grandson on 9/8/12. You can read the story by Reporter Dina Abou Salem here; and an update here.
One comment caught my attention… “You can’t leave a legacy like that with a text! …He used an ancient technology called a PENCIL.”
– Combined with a small piece of PAPER – he PLANTED his SEED in an ancient art form called WRITING!
Decades later, it is found – still in contact with the soil it was planted in.
Surviving 40 years of WIND, RAIN, SUN, SNOW, and SOIL…. still in prime condition!
This SPEAKS volumes to me today. The note was written on two very significant dates in the history of my life. I am a writer – a lover of the written WORD!
This ancient technology survived the test of TIME!
In its finding…it physically connected 4 generations…with the watching world! For some unrevealed reason, I am filled with HOPE today. HOPE for new HUMAN CONNECTIONS… RESTORATIONS….and REAVEALED DREAMS.
Was this just happenstance – or a God appointed find? I can’t say. But we are all connected in some way to each other and the world around us through the Creator God. We may not be privy to how it unfolds. But a door has been opened. Opportunities are there that were not there before the find. These opportunities were planted as an unknowing SEED of HOPE… 4 decades ago. This seed of HOPE was planted by a young teen in expectation of a HARVEST. The very words on the note reveal such. The very fact that he wrote the note, sealed it in a waterproof canister, and buried it….shouts of an expected HARVEST!
May his NOW HARVEST overwhelm him with new opportunities of JOY…and unknown EXPECTATIONS. May he continue to plant with expectations for tomorrow's find.
In this deeper LIGHT…
I am compelled to ask myself …
“What am I planting – for tomorrow’s FIND?”
May I take this opportunity to ask the same question of you?...
“What are you planting – for tomorrow’s find?”
Seeds fall to the ground all the time…some are picked up by the wind and blown for miles and miles – on wings of the air we breathe. Others lay stagnant in the rocks - incapable of making contact with the soil. But there are those SEEDS that are intentionally PLANTED – carefully placed and protected by a prayer...an expectation... a promise or hope. Those are the SEEDS that Birth a HARVEST….even generations down the road.
Protect your seed! It is priceless. Intentionally PLANT…..and in your planting, EXPECT the HARVEST to come! One tiny seed has the DNA and the capacity to bring about a full Harvest.
This same ancient art form was used to establish the life and ministry of JESUS CHRIST - the one and ONLY Son of God - who also walked this earth – its peaks and its valleys. This Christ spoke WORDS of LIFE to the waiting, watching, seeking world. It was recorded by this same ancient art form –in what is known as the HOLY BIBLE…the inherent WORD of God. It too has stood the test of TIME. Generations yet unborn will read it - and new HOPE will be birthed in their hearts… with its hearing!
Read a portion of this JESUS’… PLANTING - a message He planted in the hearts of men, women, and children of His day – for such a time as this.
Recorded by Matthew, a tax collector in Matthew 13:1-23 (NIV of the HOLY BIBLE)
The Parable of the Sower
1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 He who has ears, let him hear.” 10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” 11 He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:
“Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’
16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it. 18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. 22 The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. 23 But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
(Matthew’s bio – a tax collector and disciple of JESUS - ‘As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's booth. "Follow me," he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.’ Matthew 9:9)
by His Warrior Bride in Boots,
i love how you bring everything back toReplyDelete
the Lord. in the beginning was the WORD . . .
What a JOY to see you here. Thank you for your visit and for picking up the pencil.
Bringing everything back to the Lord is the purpose for my pencil. Thank you for your vote of approval :)
John 1:1 "In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God"
Question for today- "What am i planting today- for tomorrow's find? "ReplyDelete
yeah Dayor....takes some time to ponder it - bathe it in prayer..and then just do it.Delete
Thanks for visiting and picking up the pencil.
John 4:37'One sows and another reaps'
Another profound piece of beautiful and thought searching writing...especially as I go through boxes of letters from our parents,relatives, dividing them to give back to the writer along with pictures, but mostly writing. My prayer is it will connect something that will heal from the past for the present day....some I had written and never mailed to an estranged brother....collecting the written words for when I pray he will recieve the balm of Christ's love in them and not condemnation.....after so many years, it all only matters if it goes back to or begins in Christ and what He came or was sent here to do....He planted the only thing that ultimately has worth of life....I pray I can read this over and over and He will speak to my heart in certain situations and what I can plant to help heal..... much work through Him to be done....unfinished work a head ....even in myself. Thank YOU for your obedient heart and the LOVE you have for us through HIM. Sherry Green Peck....my computer died so I am on another until I get the new one....Hugs bountiful hugs to you!!ReplyDelete
so sorry your computer died! Mine died in 2010. I lost everything that hadn't been copied or moved to my external drive. Such a big loss for me...as a writer. I know you depended on yours for so much too.
you are going through all the same things I did when going through mom and dad's house before the sale. 2 months of digging, sorting, throwing and keeping....memories ... memories ... memories. At some point, I become so burdened with letters and such that I didn't think I could finish the task before me. Too much information over whelmed me with unsolicited thots. The enemy camps on these old memories and tries to keep us bound. It was one of the most exhausting things I've had to do. And yet, it is all now behind me! it was an exercise in faith, and dependance on God...to say the least. I couldn't have accomplished all that I did without His steady hand on and over me.
I am saddened to hear that we seem to have similar situations with estranged brothers. I have two. I used to spend a lot of time trying to figure it all out. But It just is what it is. I bathe them in prayer and expect that one day i will see them in heaven - all of us healed and whole...but this side of heaven would be a blessed miracle to see them face to face and know that all is forgiven and accept each other as the family we were born into. I have learned to give my painfully stretched heart strings to the Lord. He knows all our hearts and I have given my heart to Him for safe keeping.
You're right....the important thing is what Christ came for... to set the record straight... to clear the slate...to set us free.
I loved how you said "He planted the only thing that ultimately has worth of life."
I like you idea of ...Planting to heal! Yes yes. And plant with expectations of healing. There is much 'unfinished' work in all of us, dear soul - whether we like to admit it or not. We are all a work in progress. Scripture says we move from glory to glory. Never remaining the same...never stagnant. Always hoping for that mark of wholeness. Just walk...it will be ok.
hugs to you, my friend
I so need a contemplative cup of coffee at your kitchen table :)
2 Cor 3:18 "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord."
1 Corinthians 13:12 "Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known"
1 John 3:2 "Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is."
what a lovely story, and a lovely post. I believe too that we are all connected, and I feel even more so since I started blogging that time and space mean nothing at all. I have left a message on the post you visited on my lighthouse blog in answer to your comment.
God bless you
my day has unfolded with you...so glad we were connected. Thank you so much for your comments about my shared dream at your place. I am bathing you and your lighthouse in prayer. I love the way the Lord speaks to you and how you are not the least bit fearful... to answer His call.
I love the fact that you are a fellow 'dreamer'.
Looking forward to a long a prosperous connection here in bloggvile.
hugs and prayers to you
1 Corinthians 12:7 "Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good"
1 Cor 12:12 "The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ"
I'm going to take the question you posed and really ponder on what I'm planting with the expectation to found. Very thought provoking piece Patrina.ReplyDelete
thanks for visiting and picking up the pencil. Glad you are 'pondering' the posed question. I am still pondering too. It will be a progressive thing, I believe, as I move and breathe in His Presence. I think there is much to be planted. But I also think that we've been planting all along and we just haven't recognized it. What I posed is to do an intentional planting...with an expected harvest.
Such as...for the past 8 years, I have journaled my dreams ...and God's revelation. I have 20 some handwritten journals that have become my spiritual walk with the Lord. I have the expectation that even after I am gone ... they will live on...to bring healing and hope to those left behind... not just family...but I have a hope that they will survive even after the 'rapture' and plant seeds of hope and the healing of Salvation to those left behind. These journals are full of hope in Christ Jesus... much like our blogs....but on a much more personal level.
For the past 2 years I have jornaled the same ...only electronically. But with this story of Tim Taylor's handwritten note...I am considering going back to the handwritten journals... they can be smuggled into hidden places easier than even a small device that has to connect to the web to be read. :) I have seriously given this thot. The big drawback of the handwritten journals....I tend to think faster than my pen can keep up...so my penmanship is sometimes even unreadable to me ...years down the road :) I really need to work on that!
1 Thessalonians 4:17 "Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
It is like GOD'S words written boldly into our hearts...never fades away even when storms, rain ans wind comes down on us..HIS words are in us, giving us courage and strength.ReplyDelete
A heart-felt story.
Thanks for sharing.
p.s this brings to the question Texting vs writing.....we are losing the skill.
Exactly! because God's WORD is living. It has never perished from the land. Never changed...remains the same generation after generation! It is the one Book we can put our trust in.
We are losing the skill of this ancient art form! At some point, no one will be able to read the art of 'cursive' writing...because were so inundated with the typed text! the times...they are a changing.
Good to be in touch with you...miss you. Thanks so much for stopping by and picking up the pencil.
hugs, my far away friend
Heb 4:12 "For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."
1 Thessalonians 2:13 "And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe."
This was so interesting Patrina. I lived only a few miles away from La Canada in Pasadena.ReplyDelete
Your message from this note and pencil is so challenging... planting the seeds - it becomes more important with each passing day. This life is the only one we have, and the days are passing... it's a challenge to me every time I think about it. It's TIME to do what we claim, every day, it's become my own theme too.
Isn't it good that God gave you these words to speak his message, through a pencil! :)
small world :)
love how you chose that word 'CLAIM'
"It's TIME to do what we claim, every day"
Tim Taylor made a claim 40 years ago. it weathered the elements and still survived in prim condition...with a whole world watching. Imagine the results of just one 'intentional' claim...done 'daily' for the next 40 years.....
I say, live our life on purpose! make a claim and live it intentionally.
Yes, it was good to hear God's take on this one little story. I first wrote His response in my journal...then decided to post it. But I always have to tweak my journal entries to fit a public post.
Thanks so much for visiting and picking up the pencil!
hugs to you
2 Peter3:8 "But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day."
Romans 15:5 "May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus"
Phil 2:2 '...then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose"
Hola, me gustó tu blog, con tu permiso, te sigo.ReplyDelete
Welcome! Thank you for visiting and for your kind comment. Yes, you have my permission to follow my blog :)
I jumped over to your place and did a lot of 'translating' ..try to find a bit about you and what you blog about. With almost 3000 followers, I could not believe that you responded to each and every one...every time. That in itself, tells me a few things.
As I was about to comment, I see that you have chosen to close comments - so you can rest from being the "responder". Life gets pretty hectic when you try to respond to that many followers. That's why we have administrators and then administrative assistants :) I'm proud of you for trying to find balance.
Just make sure you are still 'planting' for tomorrow's find. Life isn't all about today. It has its past...as well as a future.
it was nice seeing you here
Blessings on finding balance
Amos 4:13 "He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals his thoughts to man, he who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the earth--the LORD God Almighty is his name."
Psalm 139:23 "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts."
Faith seeds, planted here and there and along the way! God knows the kingdom harvest that is coming for each one of us. We may not see it now, but we can be certain God has seen it all.ReplyDelete
Love this story, Patrina, and love the hope you radiate through your pen.
Good to see you Faith Elaine....ReplyDelete
thanks for picking up the pencil and for your kind words.
Yes, we can be certain that God has seen it all.
Blessings to you
Romans 15:13 "I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit."
For a pencil to write it takes substance from itself; gradually it comes to nothing and leaves the message. There's a word for a Christian in that: the apostle Paul an example of it.ReplyDelete
This is so profound!
I loved this part...I pondered your words for sometime :)
"gradually it comes to nothing and leaves the message."
That's how I feel about my writing. I know when the transformation occurs :) When I cease to write...and the Holy Spirit takes over and leaves the intended message.
The apostle paul is a great example!
Thanks for picking up the pencil, David.
David... I forgot to leave you with a scripture... forgive me :) your comment was so profound that I just forgot...Delete
This is for you, David :)
2 John 1:12 I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.
this is deep
what am I planting for the future
most days I'm just consumed with school, deadlines and papers but this story speaks volumes
lol....Kafo... yes... this is deep. I am a deep thinker :) I hear your delima...you are a busy soul. We all are, I believe. But we must take time out to ask some deep questions of ourselves... and seek God's will in our lives.... or we will be consumed by our busyness. I believe we get more accomplished with consistent time-outs with God... an hour with God is worth more than a thousand hours with our other responsibilities... He doubles our effectiveness... for the rest of the day... we give so much of us away to these other 'things' that rightly so... have an importance in our life.... but it is my experience that when I start my day full of God... I'm more able to maneuver my way throughout my day....and remain standing at the end of the day.Delete
Praying for a more relaxed day(s) for you with all your deadlines... may your future be fruitful with a large harvest.
God is good... He is faithful all the time..
"I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt that I might be your God. I am the LORD your God!" Numbers 15:41
I read these over again ..... deep in thoughts these days and wanting to say so much .... to the world. But it just isn't the time. I anticipate when that will be. I lost my old computer with all it's email addresses, they are still working on it, so I don't have you in my new computer until you email me .... if you like..... I have had you on my mind so much with this moving we are doing. A lot of spiritual things going on .... letting go of more and more .... even today. I am anxious for the groove He wants me in .... I know it will come. I'm reading a lot, thinking a lot, praying, not painting or posting any substance. He is working it out. I am waiting. Today was a deep heart day with many questions mostly to myself. It was such a blessing, I don't want to go to bed yet. I am thankful, GRATEFUL, THANKFUL, for you and your writing and what you have shared with us. I wish the whole world would find it, it is a treasure beyond compare... an eternal not changing gift to one's heart and soul. Bless you, bless you....I pray His special blessings and joy and peace on you this day and season. You have meant much to me and the goings on in my life.... thank you. sherryReplyDelete
dear, friend... I will be send you an e-mail... Sad that your computer died.. I know the feeling so well. I think of you often, and pray for your daily ordeal of going through memories....and memories... and making the decisions to keep or give away. Very exhausting. I anticipate that glorious day when you are moved into your new home and settled... so your heart and mind can settle too. We need to be planted... I too am not planted here. I have begun to teach a Beth Moore Study in my home... to stretch myself out of my 'comfort zone' (I've never taught a Bible Study) ...and to plant myself in the lives of those around me.Delete
Your kind words blow me away... You see me through my writing... you are connecting with my heart for God. Our hearts are connected through God's big heart. Thankfully we have that in common. We have never met... but we are heart2heart friends... that's what this blogger platform has given us... I've met friends from Nigeria that are friends for life... through this blogging effort. These relationships are priceless. I appreciate you so much. You COLOR MY WORLD with love and joy...
I visited your place today.... haha... much joy was released in me when I read your story of the little Barbie 'undies'. I could feel the joy that you experienced while making them... just pure joy.
hugging you my friend
I leave with you, the same scripture I left for David tonight... it just seems to ... :)
2 John 1:12 I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.