Sunday, September 15, 2013


     In view of the brevity of our lives, determining what matters most is kind of important. We have oodles of opportunities to get side-tracked. The detours may be beneficial in the big plan as long as we do only what is necessary and get back on our main route.

     The donkeys of Kish, the father of Saul who was destined to be the first king of Israel, were missing. (I Samuel 9:3) Kish asked Saul to take a servant and search for the missing livestock. After three days with no success they consulted the prophet, Samuel, who told them the donkeys had been found. God's purpose for their journey was for Samuel to anoint Saul as king, but that's another lesson.

     Before they returned home, Kish was worried about his son's well-being. (I Samuel 10:2) The donkeys were back, but they were no longer as important. Where was his son?

     Like the lost donkeys, our natural concerns cannot be ignored. Kish needed those animals to do what donkeys did in his time. We need our electronic gizmos, large and small, to do what they are supposed to do. Many things we depend on, tangible and intangible, can be likened to his animals.

     When anything in our lives is out of kilter, it takes determination to keep the problem in perspective. If our top priority is to love and serve God, perhaps the condition which could steal our focus will be resolved by some means we hadn't considered.

     Father God's top priority is His family. He loves His children. Our spiritual welfare is crucial, but he cares about and meets our natural needs as well. While my eyes aren't closed to this world's realities, I know there is more than what I see before me.

     Jesus said, "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit and they are life." (John 6:63 NKJV) Compared to the things of God, the things of this world are zero. Seems like it's probably wise to stick close to the Father and worry less about the donkeys. Quite possibly, at the perfect time, they too will be looked after.


  1. Thank you, Mary. I've been reminding myself this week that God can and will handle the details. Yes, we just need to stick close to the Father.

  2. Reminding myself often to focus on the promises rather than the problems; rest and trust in the One who has already provided for every need. We are blessed.


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