Storing It Up

August 29, 2008
by Julie Bowles

James 1:17 – Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. (NKJV)

We recently spent some time visiting with my husband's aunt. As we talked about our gardens, she shared the following.

She had placed some dried-up bread bits outside, thinking that some critter would come along and enjoy a treat. Much to her surprise, a squirrel found the treat. The bread, which was multi-grain, was a delicacy to the squirrel. As she watched, it took the bread in its paws, turning it over and over, munching on the bits of seeds. It ate a few pieces, and then began to take the bread and run over to another area of the yard, where it dug a little hole and buried it. It then returned to take another piece, and repeated the whole process. Seemingly, enjoying the treat had turned into storing the treat for another day.

What change caused the squirrel to stop enjoying the treat found and to begin storing the treat for another day?

I believe that we can be observant and learn from this. Are we satisfied with what we are given? Do we find ourselves hoarding the things we are given?

Lamentations 3:24 – "The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I hope in Him!" (NKJV)

Prayer: Dear Jesus, we don't want to take for granted all that You have given us. Help us to take our portion and go into the world and bless others with it. Help us to remember that all we have is because of You and the sacrifice made on the cross for us. In Your name, we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Julie Bowles <julieanni@rogers.com>
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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