Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)
Thursday, February 25
Out in West Texas there is an old place called the Yates Pool. During the Great Depression there was a sheep ranch owned by a man named Mr. Yates. He wasn't able to make enough on his ranching operation to pay the principal and interest on the mortgage, so he was in danger of losing his ranch. With little money for clothes or food, his family (like many others) had to live on government subsidy.
Day after day, as he grazed his sheep in West Texas, he was no doubt greatly troubled about how he would pay his bills. Then a seismographic crew from an oil company came into the area and told him there might be oil on his land. They asked permission to drill a wildcat well, and he signed a lease contract.
At 1,115 feet they struck a huge oil reserve. The first well came in at 80,000 barrels a day. Many subsequent wells were more than twice as large. In fact, 30 years after the discovery, a government test of one of the wells showed it still had the potential flow of 125,000 barrels of oil a day.
Mr. Yates owned it all. The day he purchased the land he had received the oil and mineral rights. Yet, he'd been living on relief. He was a future multi-millionaire living in poverty.
The problem? He didn't know the oil was there even though he owned it.
There’s so much to be said for growing in our understanding and appreciation for what we have in Christ. We have so many blessings to be claimed and explored right underneath our feet – forgiveness, redemption, wisdom, the indwelling of His Spirit, a place in His body.
The list goes on and on.
Far too many of us live like spiritual paupers, when, in fact, we are the richest people in the world.
Grace and peace,
Posted on Thu, February 25, 2016
by Chris Seidman