Daily Devotional May 2, 2022

A little over a week ago, our Hereford named Ethel, gave birth to a beautiful little girl.  Shannon named her Elly May.

About an hour after giving birth, we checked on the new mother and baby.  It was not good.

Ethel had prolapsed.

Knowing we didn’t have much time to save her, we called Dr. Matt.  

He came out, knocked her out with medication, put everything back in place, and sewed her up.  

Later in the day, Dr. Matt made a second visit, making sure she was okay, giving her more antibiotics and sewed her up a little more.  He saved her life.  I was very thankful but that was not the end of the story.

The next day, we had a Brahman give birth to a beautiful little boy.  Shannon named him Cricket.

Sadly, the new mother did not take her baby.  He was in danger of not making it.  

Knowing we were not going to get the new mother in a pen, we took Cricket to Ethel’s pen.

We were very relieved when Ethel allowed Cricket to nurse.  This got me thinking.

When Dr. Matt worked on Ethel, his sole intention was to help her survive a life-threatening situation.  She was his focus.  But by saving Ethel, he also saved Elly May and, the next day, Cricket.

In much the same way, God wants to use us to make a difference in a world being torn apart by bigotry, hatred, addiction, poverty, and evil.

Our good works and kind words can have an incredible impact on the lives of those who feel lonely, depressed, angry, abandoned, or afraid.  All God asks is that we have do our best, realizing the One who brings healing and wholeness will use our efforts in ways we cannot begin to imagine helping others.  God is the One who does the heavy lifting.  God magnifies our efforts.

Sometimes we will see the results of our actions.  Sometimes we won’t.  But allowing God to use us is what truly matters.

In helping followers of Christ understand we have a purpose, Paul said, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”  (Galatians 6:9)

This morning, make the conscious decision to give yourself for a holy purpose.  

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, today I give myself to you without hesitation, reservation, or procrastination.  Please use me for your purpose.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Dr. Matt intended to save one life.  Instead, his efforts saved three.  God magnified his effort.

Allow God to use you.  God will do the same for you.  That’s why you are here.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins