And I will wait upon the Lord , that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.
Isaiah 8:17 KJV
As I drove up the road this week I was greeted by a mother deer with two fawns. They lingered just long enough for me to snap a few shots then bounded off to a hidden place in the woods.
But God does not hide His face in that way. In fact it is our own sin and selfishness that hides his face from our eyes. No in fact our greatest hope is in a God who longs to be found!
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
Psalms 34:8 NKJV
Our enjoyment of food is in direct connection with our hunger. Are you hungry for God today?
The daffodils are blooming the cherry trees are joining the chorus and Mrs snapping turtle is looking for the best place to cross the road!
Several years ago I wrote a series of children’s stories about a little lamb named Tad. Tad got into all kinds of trouble but through each story He learned to make friends, trust His shepherd and become a little more grown up. To the Tad stories which I developed for a class of young boys I have now added three more stories. These new stories are about Tad’s new friend Candle. Candle is a firefly and He has his own set of adventures, dangers and exciting rescues. The Complete Adventures of Tad and Rad is dedicated to our grandchildren and is now available in paperback on Amazon.com. You can follow the link or look it up yourself on Amazon. Be blessed and enjoy!
The Complete Adventures of Tad and Candle
Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: “Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming,Sitting on a donkey’s colt John 12:14-15
The fact that Jesus chose the most humble animal to ride gives me hope today. I am not powerful, wealthy or amazingly smart. I am just an ordinary person in an ordinary neighborhood with common everyday problems. Why would God, the universe creator, the King of Glory, the awesome, glorious and Holy ruler of all life be accessible to me? Why would I dare even think I could bring my needs for daily bread and forgiveness for my mean-spirited sins to him?
Because according to scripture our king is coming, but not to harshly conquer us who by nature are His enemies. He is coming not to imprison us and cast us into prison or worse. He is coming humbly to take His throne and righteously rule over the life of anyone who will welcome Him into their gates. He knows we are afraid but He is not angry. He understands the feelings of our infirmities and He has shared in our weaknesses. He has been through every temptation we have faced, yet without sin. He has tasted death for every man and woman who has ever lived. He is coming, according to the Father’s plan, to be our king, seated on a donkey, so we will not be afraid. Today is the day to greet our king with palm branches along the path He is coming to our city and He has chosen to give His life for us again today!
As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
Psalms 42:1-2 NKJV
My friend hunts for deer every year on the farm I manage. Before the season opens it is not unusual for him to spend hours scouting for markings and paths. One sure magnet which draws deer is a clean accessible source of water. Deer can and do sometimes survive many days with only a little food but water they need every day.
In the same way God is hunting for our soul. But he is not lying in wait to kill us or to bring us back to put on his trophy wall. God is seeking for us to rescue us and to lead us to springs of living water where we can drink and be satisfied in His presence!
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” Matthew 21:1-3
Did you ever pause to wonder how Jesus knew that one specific donkey was there? We usually think of God as having such big and important things to do that He wouldn’t be interested in things like donkeys. Sometimes I have wondered why He would even be interested in me. My life seems pretty, uninteresting and filled with inabilities, fears and mess-ups. Yet God’s word gives me hope because I see that for reasons known only to Him He takes interest in mundane things like birds -Matt 6:26;, lions- Psalm 104:21; donkeys- Numbers 22:32-33 and yes even man!
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him? Psalm 8:4
If you doubt that God has a plan for your life remember that God chose exactly when and where you would be born. We, just like King David were each individually knit together while still in our mother’s womb. No two of us are alike and God never does anything without a reason. There are days when I wish I knew that reason! But even on those days God sees our thoughts and if we look for Him in the ordinary situations that we are living in, His promise is that we will find Him!
Especially on those dreary days when life seems more like a tangled mess than a work of art, remember that donkey and remind yourself that God knows exactly where you are today! You may be tied up to a post in a dusty little village but God has a plan for you. No one may have much use for your limited abilities, but God needs you exactly as you are. You may feel that today is just another unimportant day but with God there are no unimportant days. This is the hour that the Lord needs you and He is sending for you to come and carry Him somewhere He wants to go today!