March 5, 2018 – In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb
For the most part, the majority of us look to the month of March as the precursor to Spring. March is normally considered the month that “comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” The first couple of weeks are the last of Winter, or so we want to believe, and the last couple the weather starts to warm up, or so it used to be until we wrecked our atmosphere with pollution and experimental aircraft.
Any more, you can barely tell the seasons apart. This winter we actually got snow like we used to, but the two winters before this one each had only one day of snow, a few days with icy conditions but mostly gray skies and rain. It’s been quite a winter compared to the last few years with many low temperatures that make your whole body hurt, but it was the first normal winter for a few years.
The bible makes references to the “lion and the lamb”. Symbolically it compares the ferocity of God and the gentleness of God. At times it might refer to the nature of man also. The lion is strong and ferocious and the lamb is mild and meek. Jesus is referred to as the “Lion of Judah” and the “Lamb that takes away the sin of the world”.
Taken from Isaiah verses 11:6 and 65:25 a saying has circulated for years referring to the reign of Christ when he returns “The lion shall lay down with the Lamb” referring to the fact that during his reign there will be peace and all animals and humans alike will get along together. Today I am thankful that some day “the lion will lay down with the lamb” and there will be peace here on earth.
Isaiah 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them
Isaiah 65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord.
March 6, 2018 – Taking for Granted
We, humans, take a lot for granted. We get up in the morning assuming there will still be a roof over our heads, food on the table for breakfast, the car will start and our jobs will be waiting for us. We just assume that what was there for us the day before will be there for us today.
But life is fickle. Everything may be going good one day and you wake up the next day to a whole different situation. Maybe a storm came through in the night and destroyed some of your property, you assume your insurance will take care of it, but what if it won’t. You assume you will go to work as usual but what if the company suddenly decided to fire you or lay you off?
Over the years I’ve gone through situations where things were bad, emotionally, physically and financially. But I have also gone through times when I was comfortable. I owned my mobile home, I had a good job and my health was pretty good.
We all go through periods where we are on top of the mountain and we all go through that dark valley a few times in our lives. Sometimes it seems to take forever to scale that mountain side again, but we continue to assume we will make it. We even take God for granted because we have his promise that he will always be there. Today I am thankful that I am learning, over the years that I shouldn’t take anything for granted. Everything can change in the twinkling of an eye.
James 4: 13-14 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
March 7, 2018 – Electricity
I’ve read a lot about conspiracy theories. Some of them predict that we could get attacked by EMPs and it would destroy our electrical grids. I’ve looked through some of the prepper sites that encourage you to be ready if the “grid” goes down. I’ve thought about how much we depend on electricity in our lives and have wondered what the world would be like if all of a sudden ti was gone.
Imagine, if you will, waking up in the morning to find that the lights won’t turn on. You wander through the dark house, opening the blinds, checking switches, flipping breakers, and still nothing happens. Your cell phone might work for awhile, but you can’t charge it. If you have an electric hot water tank, you won’t be able to shower. The same if you have an electric stove, you won’t be able to cook and what about the food in your refrigerator?
Maybe you were wise enough to keep extra batteries, water, canned goods and candles in your house, but most people don’t look that far ahead. You might head out thinking “I will pick up something at the fast food place” but chances are they won’t be open. Maybe you will stop to fill your tank, but don’t most gas stations now have electrical pumps?
Basically your world will come to a stand still. And, what happens if they don’t get the power grid fixed? We don’t have donkeys and carts in our back yard so when the car runs out of gas, we would have to walk everywhere. If nothing else, some of us who need it will be getting exercise.
I used think it would be cool to live out in the woods, in a cabin without a phone or electricity. I still think it would be an experience. See, I know I could live without electricity because there have been times in my life where I couldn’t pay the bill, the electric was off for a month or two, but it wasn’t off all over town.
Electricity is large convenience for us. Just about everything we have runs on electricity or a combination of electricity and gas. For instance, the furnace is a gas one but the fan that blows the heat up into the house is electric. We use electricity to warm and cool our houses, to power the things we use for enjoyment like televisions, computers and for some, to do our jobs. Today I am thankful for electricity.