The Story of the One Star Picket

You may be wondering why I’ve called this Blog One Star Picket. Well, here’s the story.

A few months ago Pastor Rob Bailey visited our church and gave me a prophetic message from God.

‘I see you with a star picket in your hand’, he said. ‘And you’re saying, “Where am I going to put this?” You know that when you drive it in, it’s going to determine where you function for quite some time to come.

‘God is saying, “I want you to step out in faith and plant that stake”. As you do, the Spirit of God will guide you and make it firm in that place.

‘God can’t guide a ship that’s tied to the wharf, but when we put the sails up and allow the wind to direct us, then we can steer the ship.

‘I’m sensing God is saying, “I’ll give you the direction, but you’ve got to drive that stake. Be decisive!” ’

For years I’d been debating with myself about starting a Blog. Here was my answer! Rob knew nothing of my thoughts but now he’d given me the encouragement to begin.

Farmers, gardeners and fencing contractors have used star pickets for over one hundred years. They provide strength, support and stability. I’ve discovered that there’s a man in our church whose grandfather invented them! Harold Gordon Rolfe never patented his design, which was originally a T-picket. He eventually sold it to a large company for a small amount and they altered it to the now well-known star shape.

This Blog reminds me of something I see every day. We have a steep driveway that curves up from the road to our house on top of the hill.view from road Sept 2013

There are four rows of concrete pavers, each about one hundred  pavers long. Previously, whenever a vehicle came down the drive and braked near the bottom, the pavers would move. Like a glacier, they were heading towards the road.  So Maurie took four star pickets and drove them in behind each of the bottom pavers. Sixty centimetres deep, the tops level with the gravel, the star pickets now hold back all the pavers and maintain our way home.

find the star picket!

Find the picket!

A couple of weeks ago we had a sharing time in our church instead of a sermon. I wondered what I could share?

For a while I’d been thinking about the final words in Isaiah 41:10: I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness (King James Version). The sermon the previous week had been about God sustaining us and I’d been challenged to trust the Lord to sustain me through all my aches and pains. I seemed to be very up and down in my progress and I never knew if things would be permanent, likely to get worse…or what! 

In The Message this whole verse reads: Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you. What a promise!

That morning I also shared Psalm 63:8 and suddenly realised how significant it was at this particular time when I was establishing my new Blog. King David said to God, I hold onto you for dear life, and you hold me steady as a post! 

A Post! I only need One Star Picket, and I cannot live without Him.   

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