Little Children

It was a foggy morning.

As I climbed out of bed and walked into the kitchen, I could see the thick mist through my window.

A change of clothes was in order…

Quickly grabbing two cameras, I hurried to my car and set out to see how a blanket of moisture had transformed my little corner of the world.

Passing by a a home that bordered an open field, a quick glance made me turn around and go back to visit the scene again.

Simple.

Serene.

Peaceful.

Most of all, trusting.

A single car tire was hanging from a tree branch by a rope that had been tied.

If I had thought to have gone to try out the swing for myself, I would first have checked the knots securing the rope to the tire.

Next, I would’ve surveyed the branch up above for strength.

Would it have been able to have held my weight?

After looking closely at the knots on the branch to make sure they were tight, I might’ve then enjoyed a time of leisure swinging.

Would this have been the thought processes of a young child?

I think not.

Upon seeing the tire suspended from the branch, a child would likely squeal in delight as they ran to place themselves happily into the center.

With no thought to any worry, they would swing high and low, embracing each moment without a care.

Jesus said. “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

God, in His mercy, has sent Jesus to die on the cross for payment of our sins.

Accepting His gift, we can put our complete trust in Him and enjoy an abundant life like no other.

If we insist on complete knowledge and understanding of our Creator with every “why” and “how” answered to our satisfaction, we may never fully trust that which could save us.

Yet, if upon learning of God’s plan of salvation through Jesus, we run joyfully to place ourselves happily into the center of His love for us, we come with child-like faith.

Today, as you think of your life, do you picture yourself swinging peacefully with an inner joy inside or do you see yourself standing under a tree, skeptically peering at a bundle of knots?

 

 

 

 

And He said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

–Matthew 18:3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Then It’s Gone

How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog–it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.–James 4:14

 

I live very close to one of the most visited cities in the world.

What brings so many visitors?

There is a very large and famous theme park there.

Various tickets are available to those who want to enjoy all the park has to offer.

One day admission tickets are available, as well as several days.

If I were planning a trip to this theme park for just one day, I would want to see and do all that I could, since my time there would be over quickly.

There would be rides to ride, shows to see and many things to experience on my list of priorities.

I would want to plan out the day, making sure that what was important to me would not be missed.

Our lives are  a lot like that, aren’t they?

Some people, though rare, live past one hundred years.

Many people live into their eighties.

But no one lives on this earth forever.

We are here a short time.

We have a one-life “ticket” and then we must move on–to eternity.

Understanding that, we should plan for what is most important.

While we are here on earth, having a relationship with God is more important than anything.

We’re like morning fog–we’re here for only a little while.

Then, we’re gone.

 

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I Will Watch

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When I got up this morning, the fog was gently draping itself like a blanket just above the dewy ground.

As the sun’s rays came streaming down, they formed a natural spotlight for the grassy stage below.

Quiet.

Undisturbed.

Peaceful.

The start of a new day.

There are many concerns tugging at my heart.

God knows each one.

When I awaken to a new day, often I am reminded of my concerns.

As I pray for God to work in a way that only He can in the lives of those I am interceding for, I must wait.

I must wait and watch for His answer.

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LORD, in the morning You will hear my voice; in the morning I will pray to You, and I will watch for Your answer.

–Psalm 5:3

 

 

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Afresh Each Morning

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It was very foggy.

As I was driving down the road, I noticed how the mist was thick in a large forested area.

Deciding to move off the road to take some photographs, I pulled into the driveway of a church that happened to be at the edge of the woods.

After capturing the surreal surroundings, I left the trees behind, standing tall in the early morning hours.

Often, I will wake up to an alarm, urging me to get out of bed and start my day.

Almost as often, I set a timer for ten more minutes.

Just after sunrise, it seemed like the forest had been awakened by the first light of the sun creeping in from the horizon, only to have pulled the cover of fog around itself to enjoy just a few more moments of the quiet and still serenity of the night.

The sun would have to come.

It was a new day with the promise of a new beginning.

We have a new beginning with God every day.

The Bible says,

“The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    His mercies never cease.
 Great is His faithfulness;
    His mercies begin afresh each morning.
 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
    therefore, I will hope in Him!””

—Lamentations 3:22-24

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