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The Reflection (Monday)
Read: Zechariah 13:9; 1 Peter 1:6-9
"Why did Mom have to have an accident and get hurt?" Preston asked on the way to visit her at the hospital. "I know the roads were wet and slippery, but other cars drove safely that day. So why did God let Mom get in a wreck?"
Dad sighed. "I don't know why God allowed it, Preston. But I do know He promises to work everything out for our good--even bad things that happen."
Preston silently looked out the window. He simply could not see how there could be anything good about Mom getting in an accident.
The next day, Preston's class took a field trip to a silver refining plant. A guide explained a little about the complicated refining process, and at the end of the tour, he showed them a small, primitive-looking furnace. "Years ago, silver refiners heated the ore in furnaces like this," the guide said. "They had to cool it and reheat it over and over. It was a very long process before the impurities were finally worked out."
"How did they know when the silver was pure?" Preston asked.
"They say when the refiner could see a clear image of himself in the silver, he knew his job was done," the guide said.
When Preston visited his mother at the hospital that evening, he told her about his field trip and what the guide had said.
"I think that's a good illustration of what God is doing in my life," Mom said. "I think He's allowed me to be put in the furnace of suffering so that my life will more clearly reflect His image."
"What do you mean?" asked Preston.
"Before my accident, I was busy with all kinds of projects--and they were all good things to be working on," Mom replied. "But now that I'm flat on my back, I realize I was doing those things because I felt more valuable and in control when I was working hard. Not being able to do anything has reminded me that Jesus is the one who's in control, and He loves me for me, not for what I can accomplish. I believe He's using this experience to help me trust Him and reflect His image to others." Raelene E. Phillips
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you ever wonder why you—or someone else—has to suffer? To get your attention, God may use a difficult experience to help you understand His truth and love. Even though it may be painful, He promises to use everything He allows for your good and to be with you every step of the way. Trust Him to use the difficult things you face to refine you to be more like Jesus.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Job 23:10 (KJV)
When He [God] has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. (NKJV)
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The Loaded Branch (Tuesday)
Read: Luke 6:35-37
Camden wandered out to the orchard where his dad was picking apples. "How was your day?" Dad asked.
Camden scowled. "Awful!"
"Define awful," said Dad.
"I let Sawyer play a game on my tablet after school today, and he dropped it and cracked the screen," said Camden. "He's such a klutz!" Angrily, Camden kicked a large rock. "Ow!" he yelled. "My toe!"
"Calm down," said Dad as he put more apples into the basket. "Do you remember what the Bible says about forgiveness?"
Camden's conscience pricked him. "Yeah, but I don't feel like forgiving him yet." He reached for a plump, red apple. "Wow, this tree is loaded!" he said. "This branch almost touches the ground."
Dad and Camden picked steadily. "Check this out, Dad," Camden said after a while. "This branch was almost touching the ground before we picked the apples, but now it's about a foot higher."
Dad nodded. "And you know what?" he said. "People can be a lot like that branch. We get weighed down with grudges we carry. Jesus wants to take away our heavy burdens, but we sometimes don't want to let go and instead cling stubbornly to them, and our hearts become bitter."
Camden eyed his dad suspiciously. "You mean me, don't you? You're saying a cracked screen isn't worth carrying a grudge." He frowned. "But it still makes me mad!"
"It isn't easy to forgive others," said Dad. "That's why we need to ask Jesus to help us. After all, He's an expert at forgiveness. Think of the mess we'd be in if He wouldn't forgive our sins. But He has--and He commands us to do the same for others."
"I know, but..." Camden frowned. "I'm still not sure I can forgive Sawyer."
"Pray about it," Dad answered. "And when you think about the tablet, remember that you've done things yourself you've had to ask forgiveness for. For example--didn't your mom and I make a rule about not letting your friends use your tablet when we bought it for you?"
"Oh." Camden blushed. "Um, yeah. I--I'm sorry."
"I forgive you!" Dad beamed and picked another apple from the branch. "What do you know," he said. "My heart feels lighter already." Carol Zileske
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you forgive others when they wrong you? What if someone breaks one of your things? Or a friend doesn’t come through when you need them? Don’t let your heart get weighed down with grudges. Jesus has forgiven you for your sins, and He will help you forgive others. Let go of your anger and bitterness and trust Him to fill your heart with love.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Ephesians 4:32 (KJV)
[Forgive] one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. (NLT)
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Even with Curly Hair (Wednesday)
Read: Psalm 139:13-18
Clara's mom knocked on her door. "Are you ready, Clara? Breakfast is almost ready. You don't want to be late for school."
"Coming." Clara sighed and finished combing through her thick curls before going downstairs.
"It's not fair, Mom," Clara said when she reached the kitchen. "None of the other girls in my class have super curly hair like mine. And I'm taller than a lot of the boys."
"Do the other kids make fun of you for how you look?" Mom asked.
"No," said Clara. "But I look weird!"
"Clara, you do not look weird," said Mom. "I think God made you just right. You're beautiful."
Clara sat down at the breakfast table without saying a word. Mom finished flipping pancakes onto a plate and joined Clara at the table. The two said a prayer together and started to eat their breakfast.
"These pancakes are really good," Clara said.
"Thanks," said Mom. "I thought so too. But they don't seem to think so."
"What do you mean?" Clara asked.
"When I was making them, they kept telling me to add more flour, or add more sugar, or whatever. If I had listened, then I would've had a completely different recipe."
Clara stared at her mother. "Mom, that's ridiculous!"
Mom laughed. "Well, maybe. But don't you think that God knows why He made you exactly the way He did?"
"I guess I never thought about that," Clara said.
"Have you ever heard of Amy Carmichael?" asked Mom.
"Yeah. Wasn't she a missionary in India over a hundred years ago?"
"Yep, but she wasn't happy with the way God made her either," said Mom. "She was born with brown eyes, but she wanted blue eyes. But when God called her to be a missionary in India, she realized she wouldn't have been able to fit in as well with the people there if she'd had blue eyes. God used her brown eyes to help her blend in so she could help others and tell them about Jesus."
"Wow. So God can use me too, even with my curly hair?" Clara asked.
"Of course He can," said Mom. "He made and loves you just the way you are." Megan Horton
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Are there things you wish you could change about yourself? Do you wish your eyes or hair were a different color, or that you were taller or shorter than you are? God made you just how He wants you to be, and He loves you the way you are. Instead of wishing you were different, thank Him for making you the way He knew was best. You are special to Him.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 139:14 (KJV)
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. (NKJV)
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Do You See What I See? (Thursday)
Read: Acts 26:12-20
"Mom! I got it!" Ariel said when she got home from school. "It's finally my turn to borrow the Magic Eye book."
"Remind me what that is," Mom said.
"It's a book of pictures--well, more like just shapes and colors, but if you stare really hard, a picture comes out--it's like a 3D one," explained Ariel. "My teacher said they used to sell these books all over the place, but now they're harder to find. But she has one and is letting us take turns borrowing it."
"I remember those books," said Mom. "I could never see the pictures."
"Here...hold it up to your eyes like this." Ariel held the book right up to her mother's face. "Then pull it away real slow. Keep your eyes on one spot--you'll probably feel like you're getting cross-eyed." She paused. "It's a cat. Can you see anything yet? Sometimes it takes a while."
"I don't see anything but squiggly lines of color. Are you sure there's a picture here?" Mom asked.
When Ariel's dad came into the kitchen, Ariel handed him the book and explained how to look for the cat. Dad found it on the fourth try.
They sat down to eat, and Dad thanked God for the food. "You know, Ariel," he said as Mom handed him the mashed potatoes, "I was just thinking of your Magic Eye pictures. They remind me of how difficult it can sometimes be for people to see Jesus. We know He's here, but sometimes it's hard to explain it to people and get them to see Him too--to believe He's real and loves us enough to die for us."
Ariel nodded as she thought about her friends. "I tried to make Mariah understand about Jesus, but she just didn't get it."
"I had to try four times before I could see the cat, but I finally found it," said Dad. "So keep talking to Mariah about Jesus, and we'll all pray that she will understand. It's really God who opens people's eyes, not us."
"Okay," said Ariel. "I will." She grinned and looked at her mom. "And I hope Mom will look for the cat again."
Mom nodded. "And I'm going to find it!" she declared. Nita M. Smiley
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you tell your friends about Jesus? Do you feel like you’re not getting through to them? Don’t give up. Keep being a positive influence and showing God’s love to your friends. Keep talking about Jesus and praying for the Holy Spirit to work in their lives. It may take a while, but He can open their eyes so they can see Jesus and His love for them.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Acts 26:17-18 (KJV)
I [Jesus] am sending you to them to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light. (CSB)
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Whipping Boy (Friday)
Read: Isaiah 53:3-11
Emmett picked up a book his mom had gotten at the library. "The Whipping Boy," he read aloud. He looked at his mother. "What's a whipping boy? I've never heard of that."
"I didn't know either," Mom told him, "but look." She showed him the back cover. "It says here it's a story about an orphan who is chosen to be the whipping boy for a young prince. Since physical punishment was common in those days, yet no one dared touch a prince, whenever the prince did something wrong, the whipping boy would be punished instead."
Emmett frowned. "You mean that boy was punished for the wrong things someone else did? I bet that made him mad!"
"I'm sure it did," said Mom. "But this book is fiction--it's just a story--although similar things probably really happened years ago."
"It's so unfair!" said Emmett. "Didn't the boy try to run away?"
"We'll have to read the story and see what happens," said Mom. She set the book on Emmett's desk next to his Bible. "You know," she said, "I know someone who had so much love for others that, in a way, He volunteered to become a whipping boy."
Emmett stared at his mother. "Are you serious? You said it was something people did long ago--if it even happened at all. You really know someone who did that?"
"I was thinking of Jesus," answered Mom. "The Bible doesn't use the words whipping boy,' but think of what Jesus did for us. He went to the cross and took the punishment for our sin."
Emmett nodded. "Jesus wasn't just whipped for our sins," he said. "He died for us because He loves us."
"Yes," said Mom, "and because of that, we can be forgiven and have eternal life with Him. We need to thank Him for loving us so much, and we should show our appreciation by obeying His commands and living out His love--love that is willing to make sacrifices for the good of others."
"Yeah," said Emmett. "Unlike a whipping boy, Jesus didn't have to take our punishment. But I'm sure glad He did!" Margaret M. Primrose
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Did you know that Jesus suffered and died in your place? Have you trusted Him to forgive you for the wrong things you’ve done? Jesus took the punishment you deserved so you could have eternal life with Him. If you have not accepted His gift of salvation, there is no better time to do so than right now. Trust in Him today. (To learn more, click the "Good News!" button in the right column of this page.)
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 Peter 3:18 (KJV)
Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God. (NKJV)