Have you ever had an “ear worm”? That is when a song or phrase gets stuck inside your head and you hear it over and over again and it happened to me, this time instead of a song it was a scripture, but before I tell you what the scripture was I want to tell you something that, to me anyway, was very interesting.
THE BUZZARD: If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.
THE BAT: The ordinary bat that flies around at night, which is a remarkable nimble creature in the air, cannot take off to fly from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.
THE BUMBLEBEE: A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.
PEOPLE: In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee. We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up! That’s the answer, the escape route and the solution to any problem! Our answer is in calling on God! The Psalmist David said, Psalm 34:6 “This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.”
We just need to look up.
Now I’ll tell you the scripture,
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. I love the way it reads in the Message translation; it says, “Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady; keep a firm grip on you.”
We all have problems that we don’t understand that come our way, but when bad things are happening try to remember the words of Jesus, Luke 21:28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up, lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.
For anyone going through a trial in your own personal life, at work, worrying about what you just saw on the World news, or who will be out next President, we can have hope in knowing that when things are at their worst, Jesus is on His way!
Don’t walk around scratching for a way to get out from the bottom of the barrel, lift up your head and LOOK UP!