Points to Ponder: Thinking About the Great Hand on the Little Things
Points to Ponder
Thinking About the Great Hand on the Little Things
While bicycling home from West Virginia I witnessed a squirrel being struck by a car. Unfortunately the poor creature was not killed instantly. It lay helpless in the road gasping for air and in pain, barely moving. As I gently placed his warm little body in a box in an attempt to put him in a safe place, my eyes filled up. I watched him, feeling guilty that I could do nothing to ease the pain or to provide healing. I thought about the One from Whom this little life had come. I thought about how tragically dangerous this world is for the innocents - the small animals of the wild as well as the children in our communities. Both can be so ignorant of the hazards of life.
Watching a small animal die brought so many incredibly diverse thoughts to my mind; unrelated yet profound truths that would otherwise never come up. This little life stopped me for a half hour and it has forever affected me. Consider this profound truth.
"I said in my heart, 'Concerning the condition of the sons of men, God tests them, that they may see that they themselves are like animals.' For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they all have one breath; man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity. All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust" (Ecclesiastes 3:18-20).
On the physical level, our bodies come and go, live and die, just as those of the animals. But scripture says that we are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Our lives are more than our bodies.
Isn't it interesting how much attention we devote to the physical existence of ourselves? Our wants become needs. Desires for fleeting pleasures, perceived security, and whatever constitutes for us as "the American Dream" become vain obsessions. Life is so much more. It's so sacred, yet quietly so. You really don't appreciate this until you deal with death.
As I rode away from that scene, I was so aware of the presence of life: trees, flowers, the cattle and horses in the fields, the mountain up ahead. The Source of it all is He who gives the breath of life and takes it away. Maybe the Lord wanted me at that intersection that day so He could teach me something profound; which is often revealed in the simple.
My encounter with this squirrel happened years ago, before I was a pastor; before the first of the 150 plus funerals I have conducted.
How else could I have so deeply appreciated what I had seen? The awesome God in whom we believe is involved in all life. I am so thankful for all I know of our Lord and for all He is about to teach me as I live day by day. I hope that you will take time this fall to get to know better the One from whom all life comes!!
"Praise the LORD! Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? Who can declare all His praise?" (Psalm 106:1-2)
Points to Ponder is a series of occasional articles written by Rev. Dennis Whitmore, Pastor of Hilltop Christian Fellowship of Clear Spring, MD. hilltopchristianfellowship.com. Listen to Pastor Dennis on WJEJ-1240 AM, Tues and Thurs, at 2:10am and 10:45am both days.