God is the Builder

For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.

—Hebrews 3:4

I saw Him sitting on a plant in our front flower garden area.

A leaf hopper perched out in the open, fully camouflaged.

His wings were like green leaves, even with dead and brown looking edges and spots.

With legs that mimicked tiny branches, he was well disguised.

I marvel at creatures like this.

There might be those that say that his kind evolved in such a way as to look at their surroundings and match them in their appearance in order to evade would-be attackers.

For me, I can only conclude that God, the Creator, made this magnificent insect to look like the environment around him for protection.

Our God.

He created everything.

 

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That the Hawk Soars

Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars,

Stretching his wings toward the south?

—Job 39:26

 

Today, I looked out my back window and saw a red shouldered hawk in the misty rain.

Taking my camera out into the back yard, I tried to be as inconspicuous as possible as I sought to photograph him.

I have come to recognize their call, as it is distinct and loud.

Beautifully marked with an array of patterned colors in their feathers, they seem to project a stateliness as they perch.

God has made thousands of creatures, both great and small.

Each one is to His perfect liking.

I watched the hawk fly down to the ground and back up again.

The rain was increasing, so I finally left him to welcome the evening without me.

God tells the hawks what to do–where they should fly, how to build a nest.

It’s not by my understanding.

There are times when I don’t understand how God is working in my life or the lives of others, but I know that His ways are not my ways.

I am limited.

He is limitless….

 

 

 

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And That is What Happened

 

Every creature God has made has its own beauty.

Every fish, every bird.

Every animal that walks the earth.

Genesis 1:24 reads:

Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind–livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened.

When I look at an animal’s face, I see the face of a living being that God made.

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Scurries and Swarms

Several weeks ago, I visited an aquarium area with many types of sea creatures on display.

Finding almost everything I looked at to be fascinating, I took several pictures.

One creature, in particular, was so incredible!

It was the Leafy Sea Dragon, a marine fish that looks like a floating plant.

It looks so much like the vegetation around it, becoming camouflaged in the midst.

For me, I can see God’s work in this.

A beautiful fish swimming around looking amazingly like the surrounding plants.

I don’t believe that it just “developed on its own” a likeness to its surroundings.

Gazing at this marvelous creature only increases my faith in God’s perfect creation of all things.

What about you?

 

So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird–each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.

–Genesis 1:21

 

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Let the Fish

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you.
 Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this?
 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”
—Job 12:7-10
 

 

 

 

 

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Safety

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Today is Thanksgiving.

My family gathered for a meal early in the afternoon.

Later on, as I was walking my dog in the front yard, I was caught by surprise.

I dropped my dog’s leash and ran into the house to get my camera.

Oh, no!! It wasn’t there!

I ran (I really did run) to my car to see if it was there.

Finding it, I furiously began to photograph the FOUR wild turkeys that were sauntering into a neighbor’s yard.

I walked toward them.

They didn’t seem particularly frightened, yet they were aware of my presence.

I photographed all four, at first.

I photographed just one and also two together.

Following them as they entered another neighbor’s yard, I continued snapping.

I live in a subdivision of perhaps 400 homes.

Four turkeys casually walking by on Thanksgiving Day was not something I expected.

Relating this story to someone today, it was suggested that the turkeys were not frightened here and that they felt safe.

I’ve thought about that.

On a day when turkeys that have been killed are sold in great quantities for this holiday celebration, they exhibited no great fear.

When we, as humans, are trusting in God’s protection, we know that He is in control.

Our safety is in His hands.

There is a verse in Proverbs, chapter 21 that speaks about safety.

It reads, “The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.

We can plan our defense in life–insurance policies, job securities, prenuptial agreements.

A locked house, a locked car.

We can even train to physically protect ourselves.

All of these things are good.

But even if our “horse” is ready to take us out to “battle” each day, our safety can only come from God.

If God is protecting us in a situation, we need not fear.

Like those turkeys, we can feel safe—

even on Thanksgiving.

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Let Me Hear

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It was early morning yesterday when I went to my friend’s house.

After my visit, I drove to the end of her street and turned around near a pasture.

The sun was low in the sky as it was glowing across the grass and trees.

Two horses stood serenely behind the fence.

I was blessed to see such a peaceful landscape—a gift from God.

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Let me hear in the morning of Your steadfast love,
    for in You I trust.
Make me know the way I should go,
    for to You I lift up my soul.

—Psalm 143:8

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