Sunday, June 23, 2013
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As we go about our days, we can miss so many big and little things around us. For the past year, I have been riding my bike past the same abandoned building. As I stopped and spent some time wandering around the outside of the building on this particular day, I believe that the Lord had something that He wanted me to see.

From the look of the broken wood pallets and the size of the building and parking area, it seemed like it had been a fairly large business. As I looked upon the broken windows and the office equipment that littered the inside, I took notice of smaller details, such as the magnets still on filing cabinets, empty file folders, and even computer cases.

As I stood upon the wooden pieces that crushed and crumbled beneath my feet, I heard geese in the distance. As I looked towards the geese, my eyes were drawn to the horizon in which the bright, blue sky met the newly vibrant leafing trees. Also, my eyes fell upon new shoots of grass growing in the distance amongst the rubble of the building. Even though I was surrounded by abandonment, my eyes were drawn to new life, and drawn away from looking down towards looking up to a hope and newness of life.

I couldn't help but wonder about the people who had worked here and where they are now. How many people called this their workplace, now abandoned?

Psalm 9:10 – Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, have never abandoned anyone who searches for you. (NLT)

What a truth there is in this Scripture and such a reassurance for us as believers. How about the world, though, where people still feel abandoned and are searching? Are we taking steps in our Christian walk to reach them, to reach into their spiritual darkness and show them a hope and a way?

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You for the cross from which Your life flows. Through Your going to the cross, we have a hope and a life eternal. In Your name, we pray. Amen.

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

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:


    Thanks Julie.

    Very inspiring Julie. Thanks for sharing.

    Thank you Julie. Nice to see one from you.

    Isn’t it wonderful how God breathes new life where former things are passing away! Thanks for the reminder. Blessings.

    Julie – I loved how you described the vision before you; it was well-written.
    Thank you for sharing this experience with us. God bless you in your travels.

    Julie, that is an awesome experience. I’ve had them like that one myself Julie. I’m also very grateful to know that that never happens with us with God. I also pray that others that don’t know this will have it some day. Thank you for sharing with us. I enjoyed it very much.

    Dear Julie,
    Thanks for the thought for today. It is good to know that we can soar up on eagles’ wings with Jesus, even when we feel we are weighed down with lead weights on our feet.

    Dear Julie,
    Thank you so much for your reminder that we are no longer abandoned to the powers of this world. Thank you so much for your devotional.

    Julie, thank you for the beautiful picture you painted! The next time I see an abandoned building, I will be reminded that the Lord has “never abandoned anyone who searches for (Him),” as you quoted from Psalm 9:10. God is faithful and merciful and greatly to be praised!
    Every blessing in Christ Jesus.

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