April 25, 2019
Volume 23, Number 16
Earlier this week I introduced my two youngest grandsons to a new (for them) tradition: looking for four-leaf clovers. Their yard has a healthy stand of clover mixed in with grass, and we were able to find a couple within just a few minutes of looking.
According to old legends, finding a four-leaf clover brings good luck. If that legend has any basis in fact, Fred Reissman of Mooresville, North Carolina just found himself a truckload of good luck. He recently secured a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records by finding 228 four-leaf clovers in 1 hour and 50 minutes. Did his age give him an advantage? In 2018 a ten-year-old set the record for finds in one hour – 166 clovers!
Both those feats are astonishing to me. Wikipedia states that “an actual survey of over 5 million clovers” found the frequency of four-leaf clovers to the more common three-leaf specimens to be about 1 to 5,000. (Did they have volunteers count clovers in order to establish that finding?!) That said, I feel pretty proud of having found two.
Does finding a four-leaf clover bring good luck? Is it more effective than carrying a rabbit’s foot in your pocket? No studies have proven either of these methods, but let me point you to a more proven method of bringing blessings into your life.
Psalm 23 is without a doubt the most familiar psalm of all. “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” introduces us to a lifestyle of provision and protection. Not all respond so agreeably to the Lord, of course, but those who do will find a table prepared for them, and cups running over with abundant blessings (Psalm 23:1-5).
The last verse of Psalm 23 is my favorite: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6). Can you imagine luck better than that? And this is not even “luck” – it’s a promise.
Earthly circumstances may sometimes suggests that the Christian is not blessed. They are sometimes poor, afflicted with disease, persecuted. Have these Christians not received what God has promised?
Jesus responds: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. … Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3-4,10). Don’t be fooled by temporary conditions. In the end those who follow Christ will be blessed beyond the “luckiest” people.
You don’t have to find a four-leaf clover to be blessed. You just need to find Christ.
Come to the light God offers! Study His word, the Bible. Worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:24). Get in touch with us if you’d like to discuss these ideas further.
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Copyright, 2019, Timothy D. Hall. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise noted, are from the New King James Version (Copyright, 1990, Thomas Nelson, Inc.).
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