Friday, December 18, 2015
"They shall be Mine, saith the Lord of Hosts,
To my dear grandchildren
The Arabian Horse
“Hast thou given the horse strength? Hast Thou clothed his neck with thunder (flowing mane)?"
Compared to other horses, Arabian horses are small. They usually don’t grow taller than 15 hands (60 inches). Paintings and drawings of Arabians have been found in Arabia, dating back to the time of Noah. This tells us that they have been important in the lives of people for a long time. No doubt they are important to their Creator, too, because the Bible tells us that all things were created for His pleasure (Revelation).
Arabian horses’ hair is usually gray and freckled brown, but they can also be red, painted (white with brown patches), black and any other solid colour. No matter what colour hair an Arabian horse has, its skin underneath is always black. This helps prevent the horse from getting sunburned.
When Arabians gallop, they can reach speeds up to 35 miles per hour. When they run, they arch their necks with their delicate heads and hold up their tails, which makes them look very elegant.
Many people consider the Arabian horse the most beautiful of all horses. Their prominent eyes, large nostrils, small muzzles and flowing manes set them apart from other horses. They have a broad chest, a strong back and sloped shoulders to give them powerful strides. Did you know that Arabian horses have 17 ribs? Most other horses have 18.
Right now, the United States has the largest Arabian horse population in the world. It was not always so, however. In the early1700s, Arabian stallions were brought to America to begin a breeding program. This effort came to a halt during the Civil War, and most all of the Arabian horses were wiped out! But being quite hardy, these animal made a comeback later in the 1800s, and they are likely to stay around.
They adapt well and have favourable dispositions when treated well by their owners. It is amazing how God created these beautiful and elegant animals, yet so hardy and tough. He has given this breed all that it needs to survive the desert as well as in colder climates.
Many Arabian people breed and care for purebred Arabian horses. They sometimes bring their horses inside their tents for protection from theft, because they are so valuable to their owners. Although they are great friends, they can also have fiery habits, running and kicking wildly. These horses are eager to please, though, and are quick learners.
God loves and cares for us too. Just as He has provided for the needs of this beautiful animal, He has provided for our need of salvation through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He has given us His Word, the Bible, along with the faith to believe it and the peace to enjoy it. Being able to pray is another provision God in His love has given us.
“My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory” (Philippians ).
Love you all,
Monday, November 02, 2015
"They shall be Mine, saith the Lord of hosts,
in that day when I make
up MY JEWELS.”
To my dear grandchildren,
Army Ants on the Move
“All things were made by Him; and without Him was not
anything made that was made."
The large, fierce army ants live in the tropical countries of the world. They have no permanent home and are always on the move, except when they rest to raise their young. As they travel, worker ants lead the way with larger soldiers at the sides. The main colony follows, carrying larvae in their mouths. Finally, the queen comes last, surrounded by large numbers of workers. As this colony moves, it may cover an area 50 or 60 feet wide and a quarter mile long.
Every small living creature they come across is killed, mainly insects. They either eat what they kill or beak it into small pieces and take it back for the queen and her workers.
Interestingly, these ants are blind and are guided only by feelers and a sense of smell. As they move, they leave an identifying scent. The messengers and scouts follow this scent back to the main group when they have found food. Large numbers then return with the scouts to where the food was found.
Usually the only time the colony stops is to let the queen lay more eggs. Rather than building a nest for the eggs, they cling together in bunches on logs or in hollow trees. After she has finished laying thousands of eggs, the colony moves on in columns, taking the eggs with them.
When the colony makes an overnight rest stop, the columns break up, and they climb up bushes and vines to form living balls. They stay there until daylight, then come back down and continue their move.
The ways of these vicious ants seem cruel and harsh. And yet they serve a purpose by holding in check many creatures that would otherwise overrun the jungle. They are part of God’s ways to keep His creation in balance.
In observing the army ants, we can see that their survival over the centuries has been the result of complete obedience to the ways of God in His creation. To the children of Israel, the promise was given: “Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be My people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.” But, sadly, “they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and and went backward, and not forward” (Jeremiah 7:23-24).
How happy you and I would be if each of us had a desire to please the Lord and obey God’s Word. But we cannot be obedient and happy unless we have a new life — a new nature — given to everyone who accepts the Lord Jesus as their Saviour.
Do you have this new life? Are you obeying Him?
Love you all
Monday, October 26, 2015
“They shall be Mine, saith the Lord of hosts,
in that day wen I make
up MY JEWELS.”
To my dear Grandchildren
The Wise Old Stork
“The stork in the heaven knows her appointed times . . . but
My people know not the judgment of the Lord.”
The European white stork has black wing tips, a red bill and long, reddish-pink legs and feet. Storks have no real vocal cords, so they “talk” by clapping their bills together.
Although this stork migrates every fall, a pair will return year after year to the same nest. The nests are huge, built mostly on chimney tops or roofs. Each year something is added to each nest, until they become as tall as a man and several feet wide.
A pair of storks will stay together for life and are devoted to their young, feeding them great quantities of frogs, grasshoppers, mice, eels and reptiles.
Storks get along very well with humans and are protected wherever they live. Sometimes when they meet you on a street, you would think they were almost human as they stroll along, for they nod their heads likes wise old men or tuck their beaks in their chests like absentminded professors.
During migration, these large birds rely heavily on energy-efficient soaring flight. Before winter overtakes the storks, large migrations begin, following two southern routes. Those nesting in eastern Europe fly through Turkey, Palestine, over the Sea of Galilee, over Mt. Sinai, into East Africa and then down to South Africa. That is how they are known to the people of Bible lands, because some stop off in those lands to stay until spring.
Those nesting in Western Europe make their flight to the same destination, but by a different route. These fly over the Rock of Gibraltar and across the Sahara Desert and the Congo forests of Africa. They meet the eastern European storks somewhere along the Nile River and fly together to southern Africa.
These storks have an amazing characteristic: When it's time to begin these migratory flights, the young storks begin the 7000-mile journey without waiting for their parents. Although they have never flown these routes before, they have no difficulty reaching their destinations.
Can anyone deny that they receive this remarkable ability from their Creator? If they were not guided by Him, certainly they would wander off course and die, but He watches over them with utmost care.
As our opening Bible verse stats, “The stork in the heaven knows her appointed times” and will not change it. The rest of the verse is sad when the Lord says, “But My people know not the judgment of the Lord.” The people were not as wise as the birds and failed to follow the counsel of God.
How important for us all to “hear what God the Lord will speak: for He will speak peace unto His people . . . but let them not turn again to sin” (Psalm 85:8).
Do you know the peace of hearing His voice and applying it to your own heart?
Love you all,
Saturday, October 10, 2015
"They shall be Mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make
up MY JEWELS.”
To my dear grandchildren,
The Long-Lived Orangutan
“All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men,
and another flesh of beasts, another of fishes,
and another of birds.”
The rain forests of Sumatra and Borneo are the primary homelands of the orangutans, part of the ape family. When fully grown, they may weigh as much as 200 pounds and stand over 4 feet tall. Some are known to live as long as 50 years. They are silent and peaceful animals, but powerful and fierce fighters if attacked. In captivity, young orangutans are easily tamed and taught tricks for performances in zoos and animal shows.
These apes have large, hairy heads but very small ears and bare faces and hands. The rest of their bodies are covered with reddish-brown hair, and they have long arms that reach to their ankles even when they are standing. They use their long arms to swing from tree branch to tree branch, often for great distances. They rarely come down to the ground and are awkward when walking, often swinging along on their arms with their knuckles on the ground. They are much more at home in trees where they spend most of their time—the style of life for which the Creator designed them.
Unlike some other apes, orangutans are not very friendly, preferring to be left lone. However, family members are affectionate to one another and particularly to the one baby that is usually borne each year. Entirely helpless when born, a baby is fondly cradled in its mother’s arms and, for the first two years of its life, clings to her back when traveling.
While keeping to themselves, they nonetheless maintain groups, spending most of the day gathering fruits and leaves to satisfy their big appetites. Every evening new nests are made by bending branches together and adding leaves for linings. The bent limbs are grasped with fingers and toes, which hold on tightly even while sleeping. Some of these nests are as high as 40 feet above the ground and 4 feet across! The ability to build nests in this way is the result of God-given instincts. Additional nests for afternoon naps are often made, and they even pull big leaves over themselves if it is raining. Instinct has also taught them to hold leafy branches over their heads, like umbrellas, when in a rain-storm while away from their nests.
Even though orangutans look somewhat like humans and perform clever things, there are many differences. They are strictly of the ape family, and all people are of the human family, just as God created them—separate and apart from each other. Our opening Bible verse explains this. The Lord Jesus did not die for apes, but He did in great love die for the sins of all people who put their trust in Him as their Saviour.
Is He your Saviour?
Love you all,