We Never Know

June 15, 2009
by Lynne Phipps

Psalm 96:1-2 – Sing a new song to the Lord! Sing it everywhere around the world! Sing out his praises! Bless his name. Each day tell someone that he saves. (TLB)

As I was reading the Scriptures the other day, I heard the dog door open and someone come in. Sharing my home with eight dogs and five cats, I never know just who that someone may be until they come into view. In this case it was Henry, one of my daughter's cats. A beautiful grey and white Russian Blue cross, he is in the prime of his life. As glorious as he is, however, I was greatly saddened to see just whom he had brought home with him. Gripped within his feline jaws was a beautiful young robin.

Henry and I made the briefest of eye contact before I leaped from my chair and he made a dash for the stairs. The race was on.

I cornered him in the walk-in closet, and he knew the game was up. Hastily, he dropped his catch and made for under the bed. Unfortunately, the young bird was beyond saving. Its life had been snatched in its prime.

As I carried the little corpse downstairs and wrapped it for disposal, I could not help but consider how fragile life is. When we arise in the morning, we never know what may befall us before we retire at night, and vice versa. As a Christian, how glad I am to know that if the jaws of death should seize me in their grip this day, I am safe in the arms of Jesus. I have accepted Him as my personal Lord and Saviour. I have the promise of eternal life. Death for me and all other Christians is not the end, but the beginning of a whole new dimension with our Lord.

As the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:6-8, "Now we look forward with confidence to our heavenly bodies, realizing that every moment we spend in these earthly bodies is time spent away from our eternal home in heaven with Jesus. We know these things are true by believing, not seeing. And we are not afraid, but are quite content to die, for then we will be at home with the Lord." (TLB)

Such truth from Scripture should indeed inspire us, day by day, to sing a new song to the Lord! We are to sing it everywhere around the world. Let us sing out His praises! Let us bless His name, and each day, tell someone He saves!

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we love You. You have made it possible for us to have eternal life through Your birth, death, and resurrection. Thank You that when we heard the message of Your love, we responded and accepted You as Lord and Saviour. We pray today for the opportunity and the courage to tell someone that You save. We ask that hearts may be open to respond with acceptance. In Your name, we pray. Amen.

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Lynne Phipps <lynnephipps@hotmail.com>
Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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