Sunday, September 15, 2013

FORGET ABOUT THE DONKEYS

     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.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

BEAUTY IN EVERY SEASON

     Those of us who live where there are distinct seasons may have mixed feelings as one season draws to a close and another begins. Each has aspects we want to hold on to, but we must let them go to enjoy what we look forward to in the next season. Change has its pros and cons in much of life.

     In winter the ground rests and is replenished by the snow. Farmers look forward to the fields being ready for tilling and planting. They watch the corn sprout, grow and produce cobs which they harvest to feed livestock.

     In Ecclesiastes 3:1 we read, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." (KJV) In nature and in humanity, there is birth, maturation, fulfillment of purpose and rest.

     The same One who inspired the writer of Ecclesiastes prompted the prophet Jeremiah to write, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV) 

     Sorrows and joys may tumble together as we cope with change in our lives, but when we choose to move forward in the unique plan He designed, we can know what He has for each one is good. With "Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday, and today, and for ever" (Hebrews 13:8 KJV) there is beauty in every season of our lives. 


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