Uncle Charlie: God Works In All Things For Our Good
By Boaz Wadel
"I love watching all the animals," said Diane when her class at school took a field trip to the zoo, "but the penguins are my favorites! They look so funny waddling around on land. And it's even more fun to watch them swim. They look like they're flying underwater!" Whenever Diane went swimming herself, she would try to imitate the smooth, flowing motions of the funny birds.
"Yeah, but it's awful cold in here. Br-r-r-r!" exclaimed one of the kids.
The guide showing them around explained that the penguin room was kept cold so the birds would be comfortable. "Otherwise, the penguins could get sick and possibly die from the change of climate," he said. Diane listened eagerly as he described a number of other special things that were done to keep the penguins comfortable and healthy.
That evening, Dad turned to Psalm 121 for their family devotions. After reading it, he smiled at Diane. "Do these verses remind you of the penguins?" he asked. "You told us the zookeepers take special care of them."
Diane nodded. "Yes. They make sure the penguins' room is cold enough and that they get certain foods," she replied, "and even special lights! They know how to keep the conditions just right so the penguins won't get sick."
Dad smiled. "This Psalm reminds me that God does the same thing for us," he said. "Can you imagine what it would be like if it rained all the time or if it suddenly got as hot as an oven?"
Diane's sister Ellie shuddered. "We'd get flooded out," she said, "or else we'd bake."
"Exactly," said Dad, "but God knows the conditions we need in life, and He's the one who controls our environment."
"So we have a keeper, just like the penguins do. God is our keeper, right?" asked Ellie. "One of the verses in the Psalm you read says that, doesn't it?"
"It does,"agreed Dad. "God controls our physical environment and also all the situations and circumstances that affect our lives. He does a perfect job, allowing only what is good for us--whether it seems good to us or not."
"Yeah," said Diane thoughtfully. A twinkle came to her eye. "Hey, Dad, I think we should visit the penguins real often so I'll be reminded of that!"
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Did you know that God is your keeper? He's the one who takes care of you. He provides the air you breathe, the food and water you need, and the type of environment in which you can survive. He also provides for your spiritual needs. All the things He allows in your life work together for your good. Thank Him for being your keeper.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 121:3, 4 (KJV)
He who keeps you . . . shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper.*Verse displayed is NKJV