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BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.
No. 18
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

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Yesterday something really scary happened!
I want to tell you all about it.
My friend Wendy and I (yes, there are two Wendys)
were having our quiet time with God on the front verandah.
We were having a good time, reading the Bible and praying.
Then we noticed our cat, Ginger Tom,
was staring with big, poppy eyes up into the ceiling.
We looked up, and there was an enormous snake curling itself over the timbers, coming into the room.
We jumped up and screamed!

It was a Carpet Snake about twelve foot long!
It was as round as a man's upper arm in its middle.
Well, we cried out to God to help us, and tried to make it leave.
It wanted to find a warm, dry place to sleep I think, maybe have its babies.
Wendy banged the wall with a broom, and shouted loudly at the snake.
But it wouldn't leave, and just came right out from the wall, coile ready to strike,
and its tongue was flicking in and out.
I went inside and closed the wire door and left my brave friend to do battle,
while I prayed and phoned up for advice
I rang the Australian Zoo, where Steve Irwin the crocodile man is,
but no one could come to help us.
WOW! ... It was scary ... Our dog "Dolly" was a bit of a coward, this time.

How did we get rid of that snake?
God answered our prayers....we got a hose and sprayed it,
and chased it away with the water, like a fireman fighting a fire.
We chased it down into our bush backyard.
BUT, it is still there!
It is not poisonous, only a python, praise God.
But we don't want it back inside.
No way, it might kill our cats, or give us a nasty bit.
Snakes are horrid reptiles!

A pre-school boy near here was bitten by one recently.
He saw the snake on the ground, looking so shining and bright lying in the sun,
and the boy picked it up. It bit him and he nearly died.
He thought it was a lovely looking thing. Isn't it awful that there are nasty,
biting and stinging things in our world?
And there are wicked people; germs that make us sick,
and all sorts of dangerous stuff around.
How come when God made the earth?

God did not make the earth with danger, sadness and pain.
He made it so good that nothing was dangerous or hurt anyone.
It was a Perfect world.
Then something bad happened, we read about it in Genesis, the first book in the Bible. Read about the snake who was used by the devil, Genesis 3:1.
Adam and Eve, the first people, disobeyed God and sin,
evil, hurt and death came into our earth.
But the good news is that Jesus Christ will come back one day
as the king of this earth, and we will get a Perfect world back. HURRAH!

Read about that Perfect earth when Jesus is king of all.
Every creature will be friends again with each other:

"The wolf also shall dwell (live) with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid (baby goat);
and the calf (baby cow)
and the young lion and the fatling (small cattle)
together and a little child shall lead them." (Isaiah 11:6).

A PRAYER:
"Lord, we praise You, for You are worthy to be praised."

EXTRAS FOR TEENS AND BETWEENS

The cries about "Mother Earth" being "god" are heard everywhere in our day.
But nature is not God, God is Himself. He made the earth, sure, but He is far more than just creation itself. The earth is God's creation because He made it, rather like something you might make. You can paint a picture or sculpt a figure, but you are not that picture or sculpture are you? God made the earth, but God Himself is in Heaven, always and ever Living as the Eternal Creator. I'm awfully glad that God is not the earth itself and creation. It is obvious, even to a blind man, that something has gone horribly wrong with this planet. I am glad that the Father in Heaven has no fault or sin, that He is and has been perfect forever and ever.

 "Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help,
whose hope is in the Lord his God.
Which made heaven, and earth, the sea,
and all that therein is: which keepeth truth forever.
Which executeth judgment for the oppressed:
which giveth food to the hungry.
The Lord looseth the prisoners." (Psalm 146: 5-7).

Read all that Psalm, it is Truth.

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