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Friday, December 29, 2017

What Remains in the Eye

We have made it to the end of the Week YES! It is FRIDAY! This is the last week of 2017 as we continue to reflect on these last two remaining days before we hit 2018 let's remember ALL that God brought us through in 2017 weather it be good or bad it was help building you for what is ahead in 2018. Take a moment just to reflect on these words of wisdom and let's get ready for an AWESOME 2018! Here's to 2018! with Read: Psalm 104:24–35 Bible in a Year: Zechariah 9–12; Revelation 20 How many are your works, Lord!—Psalm 104:24 The hummingbird gets its English name from the hum made by its rapidly beating wings. In other languages, it is known as the “flower-kisser” (Portuguese) or “flying jewels” (Spanish). One of my favorite names for this bird is biulu, “what remains in the eye” (Mexican Zapotec). In other words, once you see a hummingbird, you’ll never forget it. G. K. Chesterton wrote, “The world will never starve for want of wonders, but only for want of wonder.” The hummingbird is one of those wonders. What is so fascinating about these tiny creatures? Maybe it is their small size (averaging two to three inches) or the speed of their wings that can flap from 50 to 200 times per second. We aren’t sure who wrote Psalm 104, but the psalmist was certainly captivated by nature’s beauty. After describing many of creation’s wonders, like the cedars of Lebanon and the wild donkeys, he sings, “May the Lord rejoice in his works” (v. 31). Then he prays, “May my meditation be pleasing to him” (v. 34). Nature has plenty of things that can remain in the eye because of their beauty and perfection. How can we meditate on them and please God? We can observe, rejoice, and thank God as we contemplate His works and recapture the wonder. —Keila Ochoa Father, help me to reflect on the wonders of nature and meditate on them with thankfulness for all You have done! Wonder leads to gratitude. INSIGHT: Many of the psalms overflow with awe at the magnificence of our God and the world He created. Psalms 8 and 104 are two examples. To realize that we are loved by our Creator God who “wraps himself in light as with a garment” (104:2) and who “set [his] glory in the heavens” (8:1) can cause us, like the psalmist David, to wonder, “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” (v. 4). Yet Scripture repeatedly assures us that God does indeed love us! In what ways—large or small—have you felt God’s love for you today? Alyson Kieda

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