Highways To Zion - Judy Nichols
Highways to Zion is a weekly devotional message written by Judy Nichols and aired on WVMC FM.
Our fourth grandchild is due to come on the scene in a matter of weeks. Our son and daughter-in-law have been making preparations. A month or so ago they moved their firstborn from the nursery into his own room and into a "big boy bed." He has observed his mommy sorting and putting away frilly little girl clothes and has accompanied her to some doctorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s visits. He spent the night at our house as a trial run for when they go to the hospital. He knows Mommy has a baby in her tummy and talks about his "baby sister." But he really has no idea what it all means. He has no concept of what it will be like when it actually happens.
I have always thought that the birdsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ songs and the various animal voices were, if we could understand their languages, expressions of praise to God. After all, Psalm 150, verse six says, "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!" Indeed, the entire creation testifies to the existence and glory of God.
This is Memorial Day, when we remember those who gave their lives to secure and maintain our freedom. My father was just a child when World War 1 broke out and then was too old when the Second happened, but my father-in-law served in both of those conflicts. He was grievously wounded in the Argonne Woods in World War 1. Shrapnel entered his right side and exited his left shoulder. He was in the hospital for over a year recovering from his wounds.
So often we read right over something in the Scripture without really thinking about it. Then suddenly one day it jumps out at us. It happened again today when I was reading in Hebrews. The author has spent the whole book contrasting Jesus with Judaism, the sacrifices, the priesthood, the covenants, and finally even the hope.
A good friend of mine tells the story of an underwater swim contest she participated in when she was a kid. It was simple: whoever got the farthest swimming under water got a chocolate bar. This friend is an achiever. She was in the race to win and won by a long shot. SheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d seen a shadow ahead of her and thought it was a swimmer. Surprise! Nope, they were all far behind. So she got the coveted chocolate bar. Trouble was, whether because of the exertion of the swim or an intestinal bug, she threw up after the race, gave away the chocolate, and went home and spent several hours in bed.