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Day 14 - Thursday, March 4

Psalm 139:13-16

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

In March, 2019, Debbie and I received a call from a close RCPC acquaintance who knew that we were in the market for a kitten. We had visited numerous pet shelters in the area looking for a four-legged lap sitter, but we were told that it was too early for “kitty” season. But as luck or fate would have it, our friend, who was already at capacity with three felines of her own, received an email from her pet sitter asking her if she knew of someone who would provide a good home for a little six-week-old fella she had recently rescued from a garbage container in the Raleigh Court area.

We made contact with the person who had the kitten, and agreed to meet her the next morning under the canopy of the former Exxon station in Grandin Village. Well, what can I say? We took one look at the orange and white tabby that would fit in the palm of your hand, and it was love at first sight!

We named him Oliver, and he just turned two years old this week. He has grown to be long and sleek, has beautiful markings, is very athletic, has personality plus, and now weighs 14 pounds! I can’t express how much fun and joy he’s brought into our lives, especially with the amount of time we’ve spent at home due to the pandemic. It makes me wonder if God created Oliver for us, or if we were created by God for him.

In our scriptures, David declares that God is present at conception and birth, because we are made in the image of God, and He has a special plan and purpose for each of us. He praises God for his careful and meticulous involvement in his life, and that by His hand, God created the fetus, and guided its development in the mother’s womb. Do you believe that this applies to non-human species as well? I do.

Paraphrasing Colossians 1:16 – “All things were created through Him and for Him.” We were made in the image and likeness of God, and as human beings we have the ability to know God, love Him, worship Him, and fellowship with Him. I know that God delights in seeing us enamored by his worldly creations.

Sometimes it helps to take a step back, slow down, and enjoy all that God has given us. Take time to thank Him for all the many blessings he has bestowed upon us; our families, our friends, our church, the air that we breathe, and our beautiful surroundings. Not only that, thank God for all the little Olivers that bring us joy and happiness each and every day.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for all your many blessings. You created every part of us and put us together in our mother’s womb. For this, we thank you. We praise you dear Father, and long to know you more and more each day. Amen

-Steve Nash


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