Wade E Taylor
John Follette tells a story about two men that received a
free ticket to a museum. One man went around rejoicing and
was all excited about his ticket. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!
Glory! I’ve got a ticked! I am going to get in and I
have the assurance! He spent his whole life just rejoicing
over the “fact” that he had a ticket.
The other man gathered books and information and began to
study and ask questions. What is in there? What am I going
to see? He began to learn about all the different things that
were there in order to gain an understanding of them.
The day came that each of them were lifted from life into
the museum. The one man went in rejoicing and happy with his
ticket. He presented his ticket and entered in. Once inside,
he noticed an object and asks, “What is that?”
It was a “mystery” to him as to what he was seeing.
The other man said, “Oh!” He radiated with all
kinds of information and understanding about the object. He
knew what he was looking at and understood what he was seeing.
He could relate to it. He had become, in a sense, a part of
the object. He had spent time in “preparation”
for this trip to the museum.
When there is a searching and a preparation, something happens
to us. There is an enlargement in our life. There are times
when we struggle with present problems, and in a sense, with
things that we feel “should” happen - for fulfillments
that are yet elusive and have not come to fruition.
There are things that we patiently wait for that the Lord
“seems” to delay that He uses to further stretch
us or bring us out to enlarge the capacity of our being. He
is more interested in that than if we just get the quick answer.
If I say, “Lord I need this or that,” and He
said, “Okay, here it is,” then I am quickly on
my way. But if I wait, then there is a searching and a preparation
that is happening within me. There is an enlargement in my
life, an understanding can come that I did not have before
When we put more value on eternal things, when we look at
earthly or temporal things in the light of eternity, the Lord
will use these circumstances and situations that we face,
as part of the further preparation of our life for an eternal