The whole vision will be to you as the words of a book that is sealed, which when they deliver it to one who is learned, saying, “Read this, please,” he shall say, “I cannot, for it is sealed.” Isaiah 29:11
I remember riding in the back seat of my uncle's car and he had on the radio. I listened to this amazing excellent story about a young man who delivered newspapers on his paper route until he graduated from high school never missing a day and without complaint. This excellent story aroused my suspicions that I could possibly have greatness inside me too and wanted to hear more stories like these from this man. That man - Mr. Aurandt, conservative yet controversial radio announcer speaker, had a way with words and storytelling to the point that his voice became the most recognizable during his adult life; probably even now with increasing technology. His storytelling would always highlight normal yet extraordinary people who overcame obstacles; some became famous later in life but most were ordinary citizens. If not for Mr. Aurandt, these people would not have been recognized and celebrated or the celebrity being seen as ordinary prior to their notoriety. Listeners would hang on his every word because they knew that Mr. Aurandt would empower, encourage and inspire at the end of his speech to move them to look at things through a different lens, gain more introspection, but mostly, see the greatness in others. In order for Mr. Aurandt to speak about these stories, he had to intentionally be on the look out for the excellent stories - stories whereas the protagonists, like Leah, are in touch with all prevalent social ills of the day but striving to overcome them to live Healthy Ever After." Mr. Aurandt taught listeners to search diligently for the hidden treasure in earthen vessels - GREATNESS IN OTHERS. Although, Mr. Aurandt was not perfect, as none of us are, some would even say his views were associated with the American right but there is a special place in my heart for ANY person who takes it upon themselves to build up others while accomplishing the same in their listeners. As time went on, teen years to adulthood, I would try my darnedest to find more stories like these and continue to listen to his radio broadcasts. At one point, I desired to be in radio (kinda still do...). He, among other people, inspired me to think outside the box concerning my future.
We have to remember that when we pray for relief, resolution, or restoration; it will come in the form of a person. Most of the time, this person will NOT look or think like you dreamed in your mind to come to your rescue. Mr. Aurandt was one of those people who I never met, but God used to inspire me to do more with my life when I thought there was nothing more to my life. Oh, I almost forgot, the young man with the paper route, I know you were like, "What's so extraordinary about a young man who delivered papers without missing a day or without complaint? I could've done that! "
Well, nothing really except, he has great integrity, self-discipline, great customer service and unmatched work ethic as a youth! But combine it with the adversity of being blind, not legally blind but totally blind. This young man went on to attend college during the broadcast,
WHAT AN EXCELLENT STORY and my Mr. Aurandt is no other than....................
Mr. Aurandt, born as Paul Harvey Aurandt, known for The Rest of the Story.
December 2019....remember, everyone, I mean, EVERYBODY was proclaiming double blessings, double portions for 2020. Everyone was dancing and singing about the upcoming promise of open doors they had been awaiting for months and some years, but God gave me something a little different. Yes DOUBLE is surely coming but in a different manner than we thought. Where are all those people with vision now? I guess we may have to look to the ones who have super powers. Let's start here.
Superman had penetrating and transparent vision ability, what we called x-ray vision. If a villain was inside hiding or a citizen needed a heroic rescue, his eyes could do the trick. Therefore, no villain could retreat into obscurity or citizen could be harmed without mercy as long as Superman was around! I'm sure, like me as a child, you played alone or with friends portraying Superman or Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman was not without favor; she had a lasso that made anyone tell the truth and owned an invisible jet. Yes, like Paul Harvey, superheros inspired us to achieve more. When you really think about it, Paul Harvey, Superman and Wonder Woman, in a sense, helped us to see ourselves in present and future tense. Although Paul Harvey was considered the most listened to newsman, Superman, the man of steel, and Wonder Woman, superhuman strength and speed with enhanced senses; there is no one greater than MJ! Michael Jackson? Nope. Michael Jordan? Heck No! Oh, you just got finished reading my blog about the Black Panther, so it must be Michael B. Jordan? Absolutely.......NOT! Its the MESSIAH, JESUS!!!!
Like a Super Hero, Jesus gave sight to the blind, gave a man a new arm, not a prosthetic either, made the lame walk, the mute speak, the deaf hear, brought a dead man back to the life, not the walking dead, the actual living and just for grins, he actually did disappear too. Talk about your original Super Hero Jesus!!!!
He is the only one who truly knows you and your future. For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jer 29:11
He is the only one who knows when you are an innocent victim or a villain. My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes. Jer 16:17
He is the only one who knows our wants before we even pray about them. “The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:
Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are. Set the world right; Do what’s best— as above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes. Matt 6:7-13 (The Message)
He is the only one who loves you you matter what you did, doing or will do!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jer 31:3
He is the only one who can give you true rest from being weary. “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matt 11:28-30
MJ used Paul Harvey and many others to me see my potential BUT Messiah Jesus is the ONLY ONE able to make me clearly see my true worth because is the ONLY ONE with Double Vision in the natural and spiritual realm.
I saw a scroll in the right hand of the One Seated on the Throne. It was written on both sides, fastened with seven seals. I also saw a powerful Angel, calling out in a voice like thunder, “Is there anyone who can open the scroll, who can break its seals?”
3 There was no one—no one in Heaven, no one on earth, no one from the underworld—able to break open the scroll and read it.
4-5 I wept and wept and wept that no one was found able to open the scroll, able to read it. One of the Elders said, “Don’t weep. Look—the Lion from Tribe Judah, the Root of David’s Tree, has conquered. He can open the scroll, can rip through the seven seals.”
6-10 So I looked, and there, surrounded by Throne, Animals, and Elders, was a Lamb, slaughtered but standing tall. Seven horns he had, and seven eyes, the Seven Spirits of God sent into all the earth. He came to the One Seated on the Throne and took the scroll from his right hand. The moment he took the scroll, the Four Animals and Twenty-four Elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb. Each had a harp and each had a bowl, a gold bowl filled with incense, the prayers of God’s holy people. And they sang a new song:
Worthy! Take the scroll, open its seals. Slain! Paying in blood, you bought men and women, Bought them back from all over the earth, Bought them back for God. Then you made them a Kingdom, Priests for our God, Priest-kings to rule over the earth. Rev 5-1-10
Your future is already planned; therefore put your future in the hands of the Planner. He is the Rest of the Story!