My friend, may I ask you a question? Do you ever wonder why we form dwelling places of happiness and hope in this temporal world, only to see them pulled down time after time?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
We have lots of English Sparrows here at Beech Springs. They build their nests just about anywhere they can find a hole or a cleft in a building structure. I was reminded of this the other day as I was shoveling snow and looked up to see the remnants of a nest that had been secreted by one creative little sparrow between the gutter and eaves of the house. I had torn that nest down several times when it was located in the clematis vines just a few feet away. But, after two or three times, the bird moved to a more secure location between the gutter and the house--where it will be less vulnerable.
I wonder sometimes why we as Christians aren’t as wise as that little bird. We form dwelling places of happiness and hope in this temporal world, only to see them pulled down time after time.
Samuel Rutherford writes: “If God had told me some time ago that he was about to make me as happy as I could be in this world, and then had told me that he would begin by making me a cripple, and removing me from all my usual sources of enjoyment, I’d have thought it a very strange way of accomplishing his purpose. And yet, how is his wisdom made plain even in this! Think about it for a moment. Imagine that you should see a man shut up in a closed room. All the time he was idolizing a set of lamps that he held dear and he watched them with contentment, even pleasure. Noting the man’s fascination with light, what would you do? Wishing to make him truly happy, you would begin by blowing out all his lamps, and then throwing open the window shades to let in the light.” (Today in the Word, September,1989, p. 16.)
Unfortunately, Christians aren’t always so wise. We form our little zones of comfort and when God comes knocking at our lives with a better possibility, we plunge ourselves into sorrow and tears with the changes he offers, and then begin building all over again in the same way; never realizing that through our defeats the Lord is directing us to put our security in Him. From God’s perspective our lives are always in need of change because, on our own, we are not capable of finding true happiness in this life. Often it takes God blowing out the lights in our comfort zones in order that we might stand in the light of his free and priceless grace. Open your life to his changes. The possibilities are endless.
We pray. Dear God, thank You that You call each one of us to come to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and therein receive your forgiveness for all our sins and Your gift of eternal life—and to serve You according to the gifts and talents You have given to each one of us. Please help us to hear Your call and give us the courage to step out of our comfort zones and say “yes” to You and Your promise of guidance on the morrow, today. Thank You for hearing and answering our prayers. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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