The Wisdom of an Owl…
A few days ago I “helped” our seven-year-old granddaughter make an origami owl. The sketched diagrams and equally “sketchy” instructions which accompanied them were indeed a challenge to discern. Just what does “On the top layer, fold the top corners in to the centre line, and repeat on back” mean? This would all be so much easier if I had someone beside me to demonstrate each step along the way!
Much of life is just like that. Like the steps of making an origami owl the steps of life present new and puzzling challenges. Though we sometimes long for it, none of us could absorb and follow a blueprint or step manual for our lives if one were handed out at the start. We must each do one step at a time, learn from it, be changed by it, and then move on to the next step.
This is the process followed by Ezekiel. God had touched him and said do this….then this… then this…. As our brother Don shared last Sunday regarding the valley of dry bones (Ezekiel 37): v.1 “he brought me out…” v.2 “He led me back and forth…” v.3 “He asked me…” v.4 “He said to me…” v.9 He said to me…“ v.11 “Then he said to me…”
He works in this way because His plan calls to change us, each step is to make us just a little bit more like Himself, fit and ready for the step to come. He works in this way also to show us we could never have followed these steps alone. All glory and praise for what He makes of us and does through us belongs to Him. As He told Ezekiel, v.13 “Then you… will know that I am the Lord…” v.14 “…you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.”
Thank our great God for His “help” in and through your life thus far, and keep doing all the steps he shows you!
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