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Inspiration

By Charles Towne

Do you believe in miracles?  I do.  But just what is a miracle?  How do you explain something that defies logic? Or, if you will, how can you justify something, anything, that goes against the natural laws… the laws of nature?  I can’t. But that miracles happen, yes, I believe, because I have seen them. Let me explain with a story.

Now my story is only a story… but it might very well be your story too. And if it is your story as well as my story, then it is our story. The story, and miracle, I speak of is the story of the redemption by and through Jesus Christ our Lord. It may not sound like our redemption story at first… but read on.

He was lost in the desert and dying. How he came to be in such a predicament is not really important, but that he was there was the truth of the matter. He had used the last of his water two days past. Thirsty? I should say so.

He was in desperate trouble. The sun was hot, and yet, last night almost as soon as the sun set, it became so cold he was convinced he was going to freeze to death. And now he was certain that, due to dehydration, he was beginning to hallucinate because there in front of him… just there… so close… was a grove of palm trees. At first he was sure that what he was seeing was a mirage; but no, it had to be real, because a hawk flew up from the palm trees and winged away over the dunes. As he approached the grove he was relieved to see a sight that gave him great joy. There, right in front of him, was a pool of life-giving water! He dropped to his knees next to the pool, only to realize that he couldn’t quite reach the water. He was so close, yet not close enough to get to it.

He let his eyes wander and there in the grass, at the edge of the pool, close enough that he could touch, was a tin can. One end had been cut out to enable it to be used as a cup, but it had been laying there for so long rust had eaten holes in it. Just a worthless, old, rusty tin can.

He reached out and picked the can up anyway thinking that it might yet hold a little water, and as he held it, right there in front of his own eyes (he wouldn’t have believed it if he hadn’t seen it) the tin can was transformed! It didn’t just change into a shiny, new tin can, oh no; it changed into a valuable, solid gold chalice! Wow! Now that might be considered a miracle, don’t you think? Maybe…? 

Not questioning, he reached down with the gold chalice, dipped up some of that cool, clear water, and he drank.

Just then he heard something above him. Looking up he saw a search plane coming in for a landing. He was truly going to be saved!

He jumped to his feet, still holding the gold chalice, and with great relief and joy began to run toward the plane. But then he stopped and stared at the chalice. It was no longer gold, nor was it beautiful. What he held was just an old, rusty, tin can.

He walked back to the pool, and bending down, he smiled as he carefully laid the old tin can back where he had found it. He realized that it only had the possibility of becoming a gold chalice when it was in the presence of that pool of living water.

Isn’t that the way it is with us?  Our genuine value is always there as long as we remain in the presence of the Life Giver.


Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life.

22 COMMENTS

  1. WOW! Yes, a very beautiful story!
    Thank you for reminding us of just what we can become with Jesus.
    Isn’t it wonderful that He can make us into something wonderfully valuable! Thanks Chuck!
    God bless you!

  2. YES CSG, AND DOESN’T HE SAY SOMETHING LIKE, “I WOULD RATHER BE A RUSTY TIN CAN IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD THAN A GOLDEN CHALICE?” NO, COME TO THINK OF IT THE WORD IS GATE KEEPER, OR SERVANT, ISNT IT? O, WHAT A WONDERFUL FRIEND HE IS? GOD BLESS YOU DEAR FRIEND! CHAZ

    • Yes ADP, I like to think that is what we would do. So many times we devalue what we consider worthless. It is wonderful that the Father sees each of us as valuable, Thanks so very much and many blessings from the Life Giver, Chaz

  3. Dear NH, there is an interesting phenomenon here, that the more of the lifesaver I get, the more I want! Bless you dear friends, Chaz

  4. Yes I believe in Miracles! I lived with one for 50 years, and during the time Betty was at FLNC, passing out her story, I was fortunate to meet you Chuck. in 1968 my wife, Betty, had an auto accident and was given 3 days to live. Her injuries included Concussion within mm’s of breaking her neck, 9 broken ribs with one puncturing her left lung, sternum broken in 3 places, lower jaw 3 breaks, upper jaw 1 break, 8 teeth knocked out 3 embedded in roof of mouth, tongue ripped up blocking breathing, left kneecap knocked off, heart and kidneys bruised, brain stem damaged (worst damage of all). Two Neurologists said blood in her spinal fluid was so bad she couldn’t survive. Betty lived for 50 more years and I was her constant care giver until she went to Heaven in 2018.

  5. Dear Don, yes pal, and what you have proven to me is that some of the greatest miracles in our lives are the people we meet. The night I sat with you as we kept a vigil with Betty until she breathed her last, that was a miracle, as is our friendship today. You are a miracle my brother and Papa God loves you so very much. Bless you pal, Chaz

  6. Great way to make your point. I think that I would rather read you fables than those of Aesop. Can not wait for next one.

    • Ahh Herbert my friend, you are too kind when you compare my feeble pennamorphic foibles with the master of fables himself. Bless you dear newly weds and keep you safe for many doozies of yearses of joyfulners, and romances with much sloppinesses of sucking face! From,”On Golden Pond.” Chaz

  7. Mike M. and it is great faith that we need isn’t it? I have always been impressed by your faith Mike, bless you and yours my friend, Chaz

  8. Charles, my Little Bro … Our friendship is a Miracle. Our surviving all days, another miracle. Every single thing that we got all time is a miracle, but only PaPaGOD sees and feels the difference.
    At our age we start to feel that many things don’t come alone.
    GOD Bless You Little Brother …

  9. Leo, my friend and my brother, each and every breath we take is a miracle of life. To appreciate what God has given to us and continues to give us, that gratitude is a miracle. When we see a smile, when we hear a kind word, everything good is a miracle, our friendship is a miracle from Him, bless you my brother in Jesus, Chaz

  10. Love it! I’ve experienced miracles…large and small…and I’m so thankful I know Who the Miracle Maker is! Thank you for the beautiful reminder that the greatest gifts are always found in His presence!

  11. Love the images, wandering lost, looking for something, not sure what, finding the life giving water, the transformation of the old tin can into a precious chalice and after drinking from the cup, finding salvation and I like to think, beginning a new life with a new purpose, leaving that desert forever in the past!

  12. Rich, such is life. He gives us what we need just when we need it. What a wpnderfil friend he is. All blessings on you pal, chaz

  13. Beautiful parable. The Life Giver was found in a desert; often it takes a desert experience to bring one to the Life Giver.
    Love and blessings.

  14. Dear Dr. Doctor Judith, There are different desserts but He is the perfect guide to lead us to hope and peace. I have found myself lost and alone, but then one day I opened, No, HE opened my eyes. That revealed to me hope immeasurable, and joy. Bless you and yours always, Chaz

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