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 “I am like an owl in the desert, like a little owl in a far-off wilderness.” (Psalms‬ ‭102‬:‭6‬ NLT)

In the deserts of the southwestern US and Mexico, Gila Woodpeckers use saguaros—giant, tree-like cacti that may reach 43 ft in height and 10 ft in circumference—for food and shelter. In addition to insects, they eat cactus fruits and berries. Equipped with a thick bill, the Gila Woodpecker plays an important role in maintaining the health of saguaros by removing insects and trimming damaged tissue, which heals the cacti. It thrives where the rest of its woodland cousins cannot. 

In this psalm, the writer is speaking of a desolate and distressed time of life. The imagery of a desert is meant to symbolize pain and loss in this life. And yet, we know that in such a destitute place, there is a thriving life. Where one may call the prickly cactus a horrible and useless plant, someone else calls it Home Sweet Home! The difference is simply perception. 

Does your life seem desolate? Allow God to help shape what you are feeling. You see through the lenses of self’s desires and disappointments, but God sees so much more! Your cactus can become your castle! You are loved today! 

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We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing.” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭2‬ NLT)

This past week, I sat on a church platform as a precious man was being eulogized and ushered into Glory. The world lost a valiant spiritual warrior. And yet in that service and the subsequent wintery cold graveside ceremony, no one was angry or bitter. We knew Rick was home, the place he longed to be. Not a single soul would have taken that from him!

As we grow older, our bodies get worn and can’t function like it used to. Our mind isn’t quite as sharp as it used to be. A good appearance is still possible, we just have to get up earlier to accomplish it! But both the physical and mental tolls we pay begin to add up. That’s why it’s natural for a Christian to begin thinking more about the home to come and less about the one we presently occupy. Weariness longs for change. 

Coming to Church each week solidifies the thought in our heart that there is still a life to come! While we live, we are to do the works of a Disciple: Knowing God and making Him known. And God blesses us with beautiful experiences along the journey! Yet our hearts should always burn bright with the expectation of a better life yet to be! Come to church today and be reminded of your future home! You are loved!