My friend, may I ask you a question? What gives you the greatest comfort in life? When you lie down in bed at night with a strong roof above your head and a soft pillow below it? Is that what makes you feel secure?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

What gives you the greatest comfort in life? When you lie down in bed at night with a strong roof above your head and a soft pillow below it? Is that what makes you feel secure? Or maybe it is the feeling of a new set of tires as you drive away from the tire store or your kitchen cabinets stocked full of food. Whatever makes us feel comfortable, it probably has something to do with fullness and being covered. Ordinarily emptiness and uncertainty make us feel insecure.

Did you ever wonder why God allows us to be empty or filled with uncertainty? Why doesn’t He feed us as He did His people in the deserts of Sinai with manna every morning and quail in the evening? Wouldn’t a contented and secure people be better soldiers for the cross if they didn’t have to worry about daily food and clothing?

Here’s a story: Morris Mandel writes: When God made the oyster, he guaranteed his absolute economic and social security. He built the oyster a house, his shell, to shelter and protect him from his enemies. When hungry, the oyster simply opens his shell and food rushes in for him. He has freedom from want. But when God made the eagle he declared: “The blue sky is the limit -- build your own house!” So the eagle built on the highest mountain. Storms threaten him every day. For food he flies through miles of rain and snow and wind. But think of it, the eagle, not the oyster, is the emblem of America. (The Jewish Press.)

The oyster is vulnerable because it cannot fly. It has all it needs to survive; but survive is all that it does. The eagle, on the other hand, starts out with little and, at times, may suffer with little. But it can fly. In like manner God has made you and I for soaring amid our troubles and not simply dwell vulnerably among them. Jesus tells us “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God” (Luke 18:24b). The reason is that those who look to their roofs, pillows, tires and cupboards for security are simply surviving but they aren’t living. True life stakes its claim in the living Word of God, our spiritual manna and quail. It gives us the wings to fly above our insecurities and grants us life not merely survival.

We pray. Heavenly Father, life here on earth can sometimes be difficult, even nearly impossible to cope with. Where do we live, who do we live with, how and where do we work, how do we deal with health and relationship issues? All of these questions affect the quality of life we live in here on earth. Sometimes it seems that we don’t get any breaks but that our lives are destined for hardship and misfortune. Forgive us Father when we complain and fail to see the blessings even in the bad things that face us. There is no bad for a Christian believer, only good. Help us to remember that Dear Lord every trying moment of our lives. We were made, with the eagle, to soar. Help us to get on wing. 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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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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