The Comet

May 18, 2018
by John Reeves

Jeremiah 10:23 – I know, O Lord, that the way of human beings is not in their control, that mortals as they walk cannot direct their steps. (NRSV)

Back in 1966 in rural Nova Scotia, Canada, life was a two-channel universe pictured in black and white and topped by rabbit ears. I'm sure that some readers will remember those old television sets, which are quite a contrast to today's television options!

For me, a welcome distraction each summer was a visit from my cousin and his family who lived in the exotic place called Fenelon Falls, Ontario.

Every August, a car pulling a small travel trailer would top the hill and proceed to park itself in our front yard. The vehicle would barely stop when the door would fly open and my cousin would hit the ground at top speed. Being the son of a preacher man seemed to have no effect on this relative of the Tasmanian devil.

Thus, it was with great glee that he found behind our henhouse a solid steel ball the size of a shot put. Earlier, my brother and I had gone on a Victoria Day fishing trip with our father to a place called Forest Hills, where back in the 1920s, there had been a gold mine, long since abandoned. In the remains of the ore crusher, we had found that steel ball and had taken it home as a great treasure.

Right away, my very excited cousin decided that it would make the perfect shot put. When he found it too heavy for his ten-year-old arm to throw any distance, he decided to wrap it in an old rag. A couple of spins of his body and it sailed through the air looking like Halley's comet.

We were having a lot of fun and all was going fine until he decided to try it in the front yard, within distance of his father's beautiful 1959 Buick Electra with the neat wraparound rear window. Well, the steel comet made a lovely arc in the air, and both of us knew where it was headed, but all we could do was stand there and watch.

Now, up to that point in my life, I didn't know that Protestant ministers heard confessions or dispensed penance, but I'm sure that's what took place in the trailer that August afternoon.

Needless to say, it was a very subdued boy that emerged from the trailer the next morning after his father left to tour the auto salvage yards to find a new window for his car.

Do you ever feel that your life is spinning out of control? We all live through times when things are moving too fast or in a direction that we don't want. We have such a feeling of helplessness and a sense of dread as we watch things that we have said or done take on lives of their own. It can be very scary.

Yet, we must always remember that God is constantly in control. There is a purpose to everything we do. If we listen to the Holy Spirit, then things will turn out, not as we want, but as God desires. Our confession is always in order:

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please hear my prayer: I forget to let go and give You control. I wonder why things aren't going the way that I want them to go. I forget to stop and ask what You want. Lord, help me to realize that what I desire may not be what is meant for me, or what is best for me. Lord, let me accept each day as a gift. May I follow the path that You choose for me. May I concentrate on living to please You! Give me strength, faith, and hope, and most of all, give me guidance each and every day. May I trust in You! In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

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John Reeves <jxreeves@msn.com>
Coalburn, Nova Scotia, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the good word.


    Excellent, John. thank you.


    Amen John. I loved the story.


    Great message, thanks for sharing.


    Great devotional. Amen to your prayer.


    Hello John,
    I enjoyed this. It was like being right there. God bless.


    Thank you for telling about the incident and its effect on you.
    Blessings.


    Thank you for sharing this somewhat humorous story with us and then drawing a salient lesson from your experience. Blessings.


    A great devotional, Thank you John Reeves. Am sure every reader’s heart was in their mouth the moment they read that you fellows moved along to the front yard with your “comet”. And subsequently…. our hearts were warmed with the guiding words of your prayer.
    Keep writing.


    The early bird may get the worm but does he have to be so noisy about it especially at 3 am.
    I am glad I never tried anything as bad as those boys. I can imagine driving all the way from Fenelon Falls no damage and then that happened.
    (ON)


    Greetings John,
    Thanks for your devotional this morning. Great analogy of steel ball spinning out of control and how our lives can be at times. We are often so impatient and find it difficult to wait for God’s plan for us and His answer to our prayers. He alone knows what is best for us.
    Blessings,
    (B.C.)


    Dear John Reeves,
    I thank you for your laugh, your conclusion and your prayer.
    I hope the man whose car needed a replacement wrap-around rear window find a second-hand window.
    Thank you for a prayer we can pray with you.
    Keep writing.

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