Spring is a wonderful time of the yearBthe streams and ponds and woods seem to come to life again after the cold and snows of winter. At the right time, in the right places one might see some beavers. They chop down trees with their sharp teeth and eat parts of the trees and also use them to build. One might see a large dragonfly resting on a plant or a water snake gliding across a water lily. Staying very still the animals might come near. One might see painted turtles hatching from their eggs while full-grown turtles sit in the sun. A frog might jump with its long back legs. Frog eggs look like small beads of jelly. Each egg soon hatches into a fishlike tadpole. Later it grows legs, its tail disappears, and it spends more and more time on land. One might also see ducks and salamanders, and lots and lots of other things.
Where have all these things been all winter? God made them each able to survive. God gave them places to hide or sleep. God kept them alive until it was time to spring to active life again.
I am reminded of some lovely verses of Scripture found in 1 Peter chapter one, ABlessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time@ (1 Peter 1:3-5).
If the animals of the winter could think they might wonder if they would survive to spring. A child of God might wonder too, if he or she will make it to heaven. There are so many doubts and troubles and disappointments in life. How wonderful to know that we are kept by the power of God through faith. We can trust God. God will bring every child of God to heaven. But we must be sure we are His children. I am sure about me. How about you? Are you sure of heaven?
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