Daily Devotional April 24, 2023

Rerun of Daily Devotional April 24, 2017

Don sent me the following observations.  I pray they mean as much to you as they do to me.

If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner.

The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place.

If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air.

Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.

A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.

In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee. We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up!

That’s the answer, the escape route and the solution to any problem….
just look up!

Isaiah says it like this: 

 The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
    his understanding is unsearchable.
 He gives power to the faint,
    and strengthens the powerless.
 Even youths will faint and be weary,
    and the young will fall exhausted;
 but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
    they shall walk and not faint.  (Isaiah 40:28b-31)

So, no matter what the challenges of this day bring, look up to God to see you through.  You can trust him.  I promise.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, please guide me through this day.  Help me to make right decisions.  Help me to bring light into lives that are filled with darkness.  Help me to be the person you want me to be.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Look up.  That’s what matters.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins