Monday, March 21, 2011
I have had the same questions in winter time: How the squirrels survive this season? As I did not have a clear idea of it, I went to goggle and I found: Tree squirrels build nests out of leaves, twigs and other materials that they find in their surroundings and Ground squirrels live underground. They dig tunnels and rooms under the ground or in the side of a hill. (www.ehow.com/how-does_4612243_squirrel-survive-winter.html#ixzz1HFMPmXkb). It is amazing to see how God put in the mind of this little creature these survival mechanisms. Honestly they are the experts in extreme living conditions, but what it happens when the squirrels or other little creatures died?
Not long ago someone so I little bird died on the floor. That person thought “I almost met with God, because I was attending the funeral of this little Bird”. This little Bird was used as an example for Jesus in one of his speeches, in order to teach his disciples a precious lection of trust.
The Lord Jesus told them that our heavenly father takes care of his creation and He was even at the moment that the little bird passed away, Matthew 10-29 (The Holy Bible, International Bible Society),and God would never forget any of them (the birds).
If Our Heavenly Father is taking care of the little creatures, feed them and shelter them, imagine his care for us who are his children. The history of the humanity cannot compare the love of God with anything else, because nobody will sacrifice his beloved son for the sake of all Human kind. Look at around and beyond you and you will see the love of the Father in everywhere.
Dear Lord, I know you are taking care of me. Open my eyes to see your love in everywhere. Amen.
“So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10: 31, Holy Bible.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
All the time we have to make decisions. Sometimes we do not know which one is the best, and we spend time and energy trying to decide what to do. When our minds are confused, we go to the people that we trust the most and to listen their opinion. In the end, we make decisions based on the influences of the wisest people we know, such as our parents, grandparents or friends. We feel safe and confident with their advise because we know they want the best for us.
Explorers in the Alps were seeking exotic flowers. They saw a beautiful one, probably the “Edelweiss,” that was seen in a dangerous place, close to a river, 4,000 below (see wikipedia). The access that flower was very difficult. The only way to get to it was to use a cord. When the explorers were debating whether or not to risk seeing the flower, they saw a little shepherd. They called him and offered him coins if he allowed the explores to tied him to the rope and go down to pick the flower.
The man looked at the coins. He really needed them, but the danger was great, and he didn't know the men. Again and again he analyzed the situation. Then an idea came to his mind. He left the explorers and soon returned with a tall and strong man. Finally near the edge of the precipice, the boy ran to where the explorers were and said, "Now you can tie me to the rope, only if you let my dad hold the other end."
God wants to hold us with His own hands to help us overcome our difficulties. There is nobody else like him to keep us safe, even near the edge of a cliff.
Dear Lord, You are my refugee. Help me understand that You are present even in the difficult times and that You are holding me by your right hand. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
"I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears." Psalm 34:4
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
“God is great in great things and also in the small ones,” said Henry Dyer, an English Christian priest.
A group of of British hikers climbed the Matterhorn mountain in the Penine Alps, on the border between Switzerland and Italy. A gentleman pulled out a microscope to observe a fly. The man explained to the group the English fly does not have hair on its legs. Then, he showed the legs of the fly he catched and its legs were covered with hair, indicating that the same God who made these great mountains had also thought of the comfort of this small creature, to the point of providing it gloves . This is our wonderful God!
The Bible shows God's wonderful care for small things. For our God, nothing is irrelevant. We are His children. Whatever we ask for - if it agrees with his will - He will give it to give us. Our God is close to you, waiting to provide you with His treasures. All you have to do is call after Him.
Dear God, help me to appreciate Your wonders, and Your care for them and for me. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” Psalm 19-1
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Every activity of our life must have a meaning. Sometimes, our daily life becomes a meaningless routine, and we lose opportunities to share with people around us our talents, the precious gifts that God has given each of us. According Mrs. Cowman the author of Streams in the Dessert, a Christian is someone who allows Jesus to be part in all his/ her daily activities even in their hobbies.
In 1904, Jack Miner founded a birds refugee in Kingsville, Ontario. He fed and took care of these animals, particularly geese. He placed a small metal band with a number on the legs of each goose . When one of his birds were caught, the person who found the small band sent it to Miner, because his address was written on it. This was how Miner collected information about the geese. This was his favorite hobby.
One morning, in 1914 he had a brilliant idea: stamp biblical messages on the small bands. “I feel the guidance of God, and I realized that my hobby was fulfilled,” he said.
Miner saw the results of his work. A hunter that caught a goose in the south, found the small band with Miner’s address and a passage taken out of Philippians 4-13 that said “I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.”
Time passed by and the hunters who trapped the Miner’s birds wrote him how their lives were transformed by the messages on the small bands. A missionary, who worked in the Hudson bay, left that place for the first time after twenty years in order to talk to Jack Miner about the influence of the small bands on the Aboriginals’ lives. Jack Miner commented that his refugee had not become what it was, or would have gained worldwide recognition, if He had not associated his hobby with God.
Nothing is insignificant to God. He wants us to share with Him our hobbies, our dreams, our daily activities. We will see amazing results when we make God part of our life.
Loving God, help me to see You in the activities I am going to perform. Direct me towards what You want me to do and what to leave undo. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
“Acknowledge him (God) in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3-6