Amateur radio devotionals, page 6

This series of devotional thoughts was first published in the "Transmitter," a publication of the Nazarene Amateur Radio Fellowship (NARF).

14

Lost first love

     When we became missionaries, one of my former college professors began bugging me about getting my amateur license. Then years went by. Finally, I started the process. As I worked from Novice to General, he encouraged me, even lending me some code practice tapes.
     I just learned he's no longer an active amateur. That stunned me. He had been so enthusiastic, even to the point of recruiting me. No more. Now he's caught up with computers. His radio equipment gathers dust under a stairway.
     To us amateurs, he obviously "lost his first love." That can also happen spiritually. Remember Revelation 2 and the Ephesian church?
     The American Thanksgiving celebration is coming up soon (the Canadians have already has theirs!). My interest in amateur radio may-- like my professor's -- die away. As Thanksgiving approaches, I'm praying that I will never, however, lose my spiritual "first love." That's infinitely more important than my fascination with radio.

    -- Howard Culbertson, N0FOL

15

Let your light shine

     Recently, I was snaking some coax through my attic from a vertical antenna to a 2M base unit. I was off in the far corner of the attic. Suddenly, my rechargeable flashlight went from bright to nothing.
     It was dark up there. I wished there had been someone to call for help. But I knew I was all alone in the house. Slowly, gingerly, I felt my way across ceiling joists and insulation back to the access hole. I managed to do so without tripping over ductwork or electrical conduit or falling through the ceiling.
     Jesus said we were to be the "light" of the world. "Let your light shine," he said (Matt. 5:14-16) It can get very dark in some corners of life. Let's be a certain, unfailing light to those who need it.

    -- Howard Culbertson, N0FOL

16

Keen sight

     Jonesboro, Arkansas. It was Sunday afternoon. I was relaxing in a motel room, waiting for an evening missionary rally. The phone rang.
     "This is KB4GI," the voice on the other end said. "Can I come over?"
     Carlos and his wife had driven from Tennessee to be in the evening service. We'd never had an eyeball QSO. Still, through the NARF nets we'd become good friends. When he came over that Sunday afternoon I was glad to put a face with the voice.
     I know Carlos was blind. That Sunday afternoon we talked about a lot of things, including how he lost his sight. As we talked, I sensed that while he didn't have physical sight, he had sharp spiritual eyes.
     Being blind spiritually is the worst type of sight defect, isn't it? Isaiah spoke of spiritual blindness when he said: "The eyes of those who see will no longer be closed" (Isaiah 32:3)
     Whatever the condition of your physical eyes, may your spiritual sight always be clear and keen.

    -- Howard Culbertson, N0FOL

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