Sometimes God has a message for us in the oddest ways and even in the silliest situations. I pulled away from my computer and turned to hubby. "Listen to this story," I said.
A baby camel looked up to his mother, "Mommy, why do we have these long
eyelashes, these big hooves and a hump on our back?"
She turned to him. "God made us that way for a very special reason," she
explained. "Our large feet are to keep us from sinking into the sand."
"Why the big eyelashes?" he asked.
"It's to protect our eyes from the sand."
"Why the big humps?"
"That is to store fat and have enough energy to go long distances in the
"I see!" The baby camel stretched his neck and looked up at his mother.
"The large feet are to keep us from sinking into the sand, the long
eyelashes are to keep the sand out of our eyes, and the humps are to
store energy to travel...then what are we doing in this cage in the
middle of a zoo?"
I have asked the same question. Like the camel, I had all I needed to
enjoy life. I had desires and dreams, and prepared my wings to fly high
to success. But instead, I found myself in a cage of grief and
heartache. Pitiful really, and definitely not the place I thought I
belonged. At the age of 30, my eyesight closed in completely. I lost my
joy, my purpose, and my freedom. Bars of gloom and desperation
Inside that cage, I longed for days gone by. Days when I could see. Days
when life still held promises for tomorrow.
Have you ever been there? Have you known that longing?
If you have, like He did with me, God might be whispering this powerful
truth right into your soul: "Forget the former things; do not dwell
on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not
perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the
wasteland." (Isaiah 43:18)
When looking forward, we see the freedom from past longings. When we
choose to see outside our cage, we see His hand calling. And when we
choose to use what God gave us, we can live in the richness of today.
Pray with me:
Father, I need your reminder each moment of each day that you
created me for much more than what I see within my cage. Thank you for
showing me the way to the freedom you offer, fresh with your promises.
In Jesus' name, amen.
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