I heard some dj’s talking on the radio this week and they were asking the listeners when the last time was that they had experienced God? How did I as a listener know that God was real and alive? And what was the evidence that I had seen of his existence? Now just in case your wondering this was christian radio.
One of the dj’s experienced God’s amazing power over the weekend and he wanted others to share their stories so that other listeners could be encouraged. So this immediately brought to mind several stories that I have tucked away but since he asked for the most recent one that is the one I will share.
About a month ago my daughter convinced me to let her purchase a baby bearded dragon. Now I was not crazy about the idea for several reasons.
1 I already feed 3 children and 2 outdoor cats why do I want to add a reptile who eats bugs to the mix?
2 They are creatures that need heat and more than I like to provide in the winter in Ohio.
3 Who is going to pay for it?
4 It means I will have to learn about them…….because I will end up having to take care of it at some point.
Long story short here….. she convinced me when she showed me a video proving that they eat wolf spiders!
I absolutely hate spiders so anything that would take care of them for me becomes my best friend. hmmm (I wish I could put a smiley here but I don’t know how….sad face here!) This how Maleficent came to be part of our family.
She is a tiny thing still and loves to be with someone. If she is left alone too long she gets stressed and I’ve discovered sunlight is much better for her than the lamps you buy at the store. Because of this I have started taking her around with me particularly when I am outside so that she gets sunlight. I have learned a lot from this little lizard in the last 4 weeks and have grown quite fond of her. I’ve wondered why God created this particular creature and his motive or reasoning behind it…..until last Thursday.
I had gotten home from working that morning and I only had a short amount of time to get a lot done before I had to leave again. I quickly turned on the stove to warm up some food for lunch and then I went and picked up Mel (that’s what we call her for short). I placed her on my shoulder tucked just under the edge of my jacket since it was a little chilly outside. I then headed outside to hang some clothes on the line so that they would dry. I had gotten about half of the basket up when I remembered I had turned on the stove and started my lunch. I took off running for the house figuring it would be filled with smoke and I would be cleaning my pan instead of eating. I was blessed and my food was ok…not burnt!
Where is Mel?
Crap! What if I dropped her?
I’ve carried her all over and she is really good about hanging on. But I can’t find her…
I quickly look on the floor between me and the door and no sign.
I run outside to the clothes line looking and calling like she would actually come….(she is too little yet to do that)
I run back inside to stand in front of the mirror. Maybe she is in my hair and I can’t see her?
I quickly take off my jacket, turn it inside out. Off goes my shirt and I’m looking in the mirror to see if she is hanging on somewhere and I’m just missing her.
No Mel…..my daughter is going to kill me.
How am I going to find her?
I ran to the front door, took 3 steps off the side of the porch….then I stopped and look out into the yard. The path I had taken from the clothes line to the house was covered with leaves. There were leaves everywhere yellow and brown the same color as her, not to mention she is only 6 inches long. If she was out there she was going to be difficult to find. These lizards don’t make noise and I’ve learned that they like to hide.
So I did what I do so frequently when I lose my keys. I said….. God you know where she is. You know how important she has become to us. You know how heartbroken my daughter will be if I don’t find her and you know how sad I will be that it was my fault. You also know how much fun I have had with her and how she has slowly warmed my heart. Help me find her please.
I started to turn back to the house and for whatever reason I picked up my left foot. There underneath my foot was Mel! She was right in the arch of my foot and her little face was looking up at me. If she could talk I wondered what she would say.
That experience had God written all over it. The first time I ran into the house I kicked off my flip flops…..If I hadn’t done that she would be dead! But God knew what he was doing. He knew how impossible finding her in all those leaves were and he also knew how perfectly my foot would land on top of her so that I would find her but that she wouldn’t be hurt.
How perfect is that?
God also answered my questioned….He created them for enjoyment……To play with and have fun.
He also revealed something else…cold blooded animals need warmth to stay warm, they reflect the temperature just like we reflect God. Without God touching us….giving us light….warming our hearts…..
We would be cold and dead inside.
1John 4: 16-17
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love.
Whoever lives in love, lives in God
and God in him.
In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgement
because in this world we are like him.