I feel closer with God when I pray to him during the day and especially the morning. The mornings are peaceful and my focus is sharp. So imagine my surprise today when I was rewarded with such a blessing as the return of the juvenile male rose-breasted Grosbeak to our yard after two years. As I've blogged about in the past, I researched her meaning as an Animal Totem from the Native American Culture in my life today:
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I now have decided to get caught up on my Daily Breads and came across this today. I have to share with you originally dated for today April 25....EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL...The beauty of the black lacy design against the pastel purple and orange background grabbed my attention. The intricacy of the fragile pattern led me to assume that it had been created by a skilled artist. As I looked more closely at the photo, however, I saw the artist admiring his work from a corner of the photo. The "artist" was a worm, and its work of art was a partially eaten leaf.
What made the image beautiful was not the destruction of the leaf but the light glowing through the holes. As I gazed at the photo, I began thinking about lives that have been eaten by the "worms" of sin. The effects are ravaging. Sin eats away at us as we suffer the consequences of our own bad choices or those of others. We are all its victims.
But the photo also reminded me of the hope we have in God. Through the prophet Joel, God said to Israel, "I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eat" (Joel 2:25). And from Isaiah we learn that the Lord appointed him to "console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes" (Isa. 61:3).
Satan does everything he can to make us ugly, but the Light of the World can make us beautiful --despite Satan's best efforts. ~Julie Ackerman Link