Posts Tagged ‘rain’

The Frightened Little Frog

September 15, 2015

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Having noticed that my blog about a hedgehog had been searched for Sunday schools, I have also been thinking of my many other interesting encounters with animals and insects in the last few years. Since these little stories revealed a spiritual analogy, I thought that it would be a good idea to have a children’s section for these and other stories. The following is the true story of how we rescued a little frog just recently…

The squealing behind our home was strange and high-pitched but where on earth was it coming from? My daughter ran outside to find nothing at all. Then, once more the squealing started up again – and again she went outdoors, this time to discover that our cat was annoying some poor little creature in an area where a lot of rain had gathered. What a “summer” it had been, with rainwater collecting in pools just about everywhere! After grabbing our tabby cat, my daughter put her in the kitchen and we both went out to see what had been so terrified of our cat. Soon we were looking at a lovely little frog which was lodged in a tight place, close to a pipe where a patio area is under construction.

My daughter touched him and he moved slightly, but then, after a while there was no movement at all. “He’s dead. The cat has killed him,” said my daughter in despair, “but maybe he’s just playing dead,” she added optimistically. “I think you’re right,” I whispered, “he’s sitting so still and probably hopes we’ll just go away… but what if the cat gets him when she comes out again?”

“Well, I don’t know how we’ll get him out of there,” said my daughter. “Oh, he’s so slimy; I can’t bear to touch him!” She went back indoors, making sure the cat didn’t get out again, while I picked up a large bucket. Looking at the poor little creature, he hardly moved at all but I just had this feeling that he was definitely ‘playing dead.’ I really needed to get him out of the dangerous situation he was in and so I gently picked him up (with damp cold hands so that I wouldn’t hurt him) and put him in a large bucket with a tiny bit of cold water in it from our outside tap. He didn’t flinch at all, still giving the impression that he was dead.

I have a great love for every little creature I come across and so, as carefully as I could, I carried him away to safety – to a place where I knew in my heart that he would be happy. However, to get to that place I had to walk a long way, climbing through briars, nettles and thistles of all types. After a while when I looked into the bucket, the little frog appeared to want to hop out, but how glad I was when he stayed in that safe container until we reached our destination – a lovely place where there were shady trees, lush green grass and little damp pools. And how happy he was to arrive in this beautiful place – away from the danger of an enemy who had tried to hurt and kill him. Once out, he hopped away into the undergrowth and I felt so joyful to know that he didn’t look any the worse for his encounter with our cat! How glad I was that he had allowed me to pick him up and bring him to that safe place!

On the way back to the house I noticed that I had many cuts, scratches and stings and I was even bleeding in places, all because I wanted so much to make sure that a little creature would arrive safely in a very lovely place where he would be so happy and at home.

Once back at my home, as I bathed my wounds (which were nothing really) I couldn’t help but think of what the dear Lord Jesus went through for me – and for you. His wounds were much more than we have ever suffered and not only that, He went so far as to die – so that we could be safely brought Home to a beautiful place like nothing we have ever seen on this earth. The Bible says “…He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities…” (Isaiah 53v5) “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Verse 6)

Also – while I rescued a little creature that was innocent and had never done anybody any harm, the Bible says that “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5v8)

Jesus wants to carry us safely through all the dangerous times, the thorny paths and the stinging hurtful times of this life, until we eventually reach a happy land where tears are no more.

Just as I would never have abandoned the little frog in a dry place or in a dangerous place, the Lord will not abandon those who love Him either – and how glad I was that the little frog didn’t get fed up being carried to his happy destination, deciding to jump out and make his own way through the undergrowth! Such a move would have been terrible and could have meant that he would never have reached that beautiful place.

What a faithful Friend the Lord Jesus is that He loved us enough to suffer and die for our sins, so that we could live in Heaven with Him for evermore! The Bible says: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. (1Corinthians 2v9)

My prayer is that you will trust this faithful loving Friend as your Saviour today, so that you can safely walk with Him to journey’s end – to a beautiful Forever where you will be at Home and happy with Him and all the other dear souls who have allowed Him to rescue them from the jaws of the enemy.

“Behold He cometh with Clouds” (Revelation 1v7)

May 20, 2015

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As I look out on lashing rain, view a grey sky and listen to the news, I think “Just as in the days of Noah…” The only difference is the fact that the Lord will never flood the world again! God’s Word and the fresh new rainbow emerging on the horizon confirm that for me. “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.” (Genesis 9v13-15)

Jesus said: “But as the days of No-e were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”(Matthew 24v37) Everyone perished but Noah and his family, even though the people were warned. Today there is warning too: “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” (Matthew 24v42)

Many words of warning are spoken in chapters 24 and 25 of Matthew – and I believe that these apply to Christians as well. After all, Jesus was talking to His disciples in response to their question: “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Matthew 24v3)

Of the servant who is prepared for the Lord’s coming, Jesus says: “Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” (Matthew 24v46)

Of the servant who is not prepared, Jesus says: “The Lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of. And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (v50&51)

Signs of the imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ abound today, while evil laws are being passed by governments and acts of horrific violence and all types of sin are being perpetrated throughout this world. How apt are the words of Romans 1v24- 32!

With this in mind, there is warning again for Christians in 2Peter 3v10&11: “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.”

It is time for the backslider and for the one who has never trusted the Lord to get right with Him; the world is now every bit as evil (if not more so) than it was in the days of Noah. But it is also time for professing Christians to take a deep look into their own hearts. This is a time to take a stand on the controversial issues of our day and to “dare to be a Daniel.” It is also a time to love even those who despitefully use us and it is a time to be Christlike in His strength.

It is a time to pray and to reach out to others with His love for “the night cometh when no man can work.” (John 9v4)

I look out again. The sky is threatening and black and I hear a peal of thunder, as our poor cat runs to hide under a chair. Hailstones lash against the window but soon the sun is out again. There is mercy with the Lord…

In this the Day of Grace He still calls to all who will hear: “Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22v17) This is His last exhortation “to come” in the Bible. And this could be our last day…

Jesus said: “Surely I come quickly.” (Revelation 22v20)

“Behold I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” (Revelation 3v20&21)

It is in His strength that we overcome… “Now unto him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” (Jude 24&25)   May His Words speak to all who read.

Another Hot Day in Kos… Another Rainy Day in Ireland!

August 5, 2012

Often when we were out and about in the afternoon in Kos, these words from an old song would come to me… “Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.” Even the cats and dogs, it appeared, would sleep between the hours of two and six o’clock which is the usual Greek siesta time and perhaps we should have followed their example. It is difficult to acclimatize yourself to the fierce heat of the sun here in this little island so close to Turkey, especially when your native county happens to be Ireland. And it is even more difficult to adjust to cold grey skies and lashing rain when you return!

In Ireland the volatile nature of our weather is an ever-popular conversation piece throughout the island. It is also a safe subject matter to dwell on – unlike politics, or religion. Strangers from the north of the island who are holidaying in Kerry will freely discuss the weather situation with the natives. It is something that affects all of us, sometimes very deeply, when we depend on benign conditions to grow fruit, and other crops that are grown so effortlessly in other parts of Europe.

The same Lord who said “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.” (Genesis 9v13), is He who is sovereign over earthquakes throughout the world, tornadoes in the Americas, melting glaciers in the Alps … and wintry days in an Irish summer.  He has lessons to teach the human race – both collectively and individually. I have no right to feel angry about a “grey day” for “he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust.” (Matthew5v45) So many are suffering in our world today, which is something I know nothing about! Certainly we can, (and must) pray about weather conditions when lives are in danger, or when the livelihood of farmers is being affected. Let us never forget … “Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.” (James 5v17&18).

With all the great advances in technology in recent years, people have found no way to drag clouds away from a blue sky, or create rain in the parched lands of the earth … but “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5v16). This is as true today, as it was in the days of Elijah!

I read media reports on global warming, and yet God’s word tells me:  “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”  (Gen. 8v22). And yet someday the earth will be subject to the ultimate trauma, for we read … “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” (2Pet. 3v10).

Are you ready for this day? Remember that while we live in this, the ‘day of grace,’ His invitation stands in rain, hail, sun or snowstorm!  To the Christian He says: “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.” (2Pet.3v11) “Nevertheless, we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” (2Pet. 3v13). With these crucial exhortations and wonderful promises, let us in the words of Peter … “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever.  Amen.”   (2Pet.3v18).

Remembering Fanad Lighthouse, Donegal, Ireland: A Spiritual Analogy

September 10, 2011

Resilient in the face of stormy winds, lashing sea and cold cutting rain, it stands through good times and bad. Throughout the seasons, resolute against the skies, whether cloudless blue or black and threatening, it shines brightest on the darkest night and remains a symbol of comforting light and warning to those on peril on the stormy seas.

It is firmly founded upon the rock, for if it was built on sand, it would long ago have fallen to the crashing sea, storms and rain.

Like the lighthouse, the Christian’s life can receive a very personal battering and sadly sometimes when we are seriously attacked, we can also be lashed by tongues. At times like this we can understand something of the lot of Job whose ‘comforters’ (for the most part) were very quick to pass judgement in an unwise manner.

Thank God for the Book of Job which illustrates how God can draw us closer to Himself through the trauma of life’s bitter storms, for our latter end (like that of Job’s) will be victorious and enriched as He moulds us to be the individuals that He wants us to be. And we can also be now more equipped to counsel and comfort those who suffer too, as is illustrated by the words of 2Cor. 1v3&4… “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted by God.”

The Psalms, too, are full of exhortation to confide in Him, our Almighty Confidant and Counsellor… for who greater than this can we turn to? Psalm 91, which begins: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty,” is a Psalm of victory for the Christian who is on the receiving end of something which is challenging his faith.

And so the lighthouse remains strong in the face of bitter lashings and vile winds, because the rock is its foundation. Yet even this rock is not imperishable for some day, with every island of the sea, it will flee away. (Rev.16v20) But the Christian’s life is built on that Eternal Rock; the Rock of Ages, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Dear Lord, the Rock of my salvation, please help me to remain calm in the midst of life’s fierce storms and enable me to love thee more and more…