Friday, January 06, 2012

Jewel # 101 (Jan 6, 2012)

"And they shall be mine, saith the Lord 
of hosts, in that day when I make up
MY JEWELS."
(Malachi 3:17)

To my dear grandchildren,

Whooooo is the Smartest?

Uncle Bob asked the children in Sunday School a question:  "Who do you think is the smartest - a mouse, an owl or Uncle Bob?" Two of the children thought Uncle Bob was the smartest.  One thought that maybe it was the owl. (Perhaps that child had heard about "wise old owls.")  The rest couldn't seem to decide who might be the smartest.  Then Uncle Bob said, "The story I'm going to tell you only took a few seconds to actually happen, and I can't tell it to you nearly that fast."  Here is his story,
One night well after dark, I was driving down a country road that had no streetlights.  Of course, my headlights were on, and soon I began to see little mice darting this way and that across the road.  Then one little mouse started running right towards my car!  Is that mouse crazy? I wondered.  Doesn't he know that this car could squish him in an instant?  You stupid mouse, I thought. Are you trying to attack me?  You better get out of my lane!
I had slowed down, but the mouse was still running right toward the headlights.  I'm going to hit him for sure!  Maybe I better run right over him and kill him: other wise the wheel will just injure him.  So I moved the car over a little so the wheel would line up with the mouse, when all of a sudden,  WHAM!  A huge owl crashed into the front of the car.  Feathers were everywhere!  I stopped the car but left the headlights on and got out.  The little mouse was safe and unharmed under the car, but the owl was dead.  Then I understood what I had not seen before.  To answer the question "Who is the smartest?"it was the mouse!  That mouse knew all about the owl that was chasing it.  If the owl caught the mouse, he would be the owl's dinner, so he raced toward the headlights for safety.
Maybe you boys and girls have learned about owls.  They fly and hunt in the darkness of night.  Our Creator God has given them amazing night vision and hearing and they fly almost silently.  He designed them to be creatures of the night, and they don't like the light.  Mice are one of their favorite foods since they scurry about at night.
Now our Creator God has given the little mice certain instincts to know that owls are their enemy and that they don't like light.  That little mouse racing towards the beam of the headlights was running to the safety of the light!  The mouse just made it, but the owl, intent on catching the mouse, couldn't change direction quickly enough to miss the moving car and its headlights.  There is a lesson here for all of us. Satan, our enemy, has the power of darkness in this world.  John 3:19 says, 
"Men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."  
As sinners, we are under Satan's power and loving the darkness of this world that leads us away from God and His love for sinners.  But God loves us too much to leave us in sin and darkness, and so He sent His Son Jesus to save us from Satan's power.  When Jesus died on the cross and then rose from the dead, He won the victory over Satan and sin and darkness!  And now He says to you and me, 
"I am the light of the world: he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life" (John 8:12).
You and I no longer have to be under Satan's power if we will turn to the Lord Jesus to be cleansed from our sins and walk with Him in the light.
 "God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, 
and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:5,7). 
That was a pretty smart little mouse that ran to the light.  And will you be a smart boy or girl and follow the Lord Jesus, walking with Him in the light?  Jesus said,
"I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on Me should not live in darkness" (John 12:46). 

Are you walking with Jesus in the light?

I Love you,
Grandpa

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