Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Like a Camel
Bet you didn't expect that as an intro to a Kingdom Bloggers entry, huh?
I had no idea that camels didn't store water in their humps. That's what I was taught in grade school so why would I think any different. It wasn't until I started kicking around ideas about this entry that I learned camels store water in their bloodstream and not their humps. I also learned that a camel breathes out of its nostrils to helps retain moisture.
Wanting to share my new found knowledge of the camel, I wanna try to make a connection between even-toed ungulate and a Christian. Let's see if I can pull this off.
Just like a camel, God has created us to survive in a desert. Like a camel, we are equipped to endure dry times because His Word lives in us. A camel can survive 2-3 weeks without food and God will provide all that we need and lead us to it. A camel is built to endure temperatures that would kill other mammal and we Christians, being sealed with Holy Spirit, have a similar strength to persevere. The camel's hair, nostrils and eyelids can all form as barriers of protection and we Christians are equipped with protective barriers individually and through the Church.
I can look back at my times in the 'Spiritual Sahara' I see that I was just me being a lazy, selfish, short sighted punk. I would get bored after reading a few minutes in the Word. I couldn't feel His presence during worship. Or my times in prayer weren't spectacular, so I thought I must be in the desert. Knowing now what others have endured, I didn't endure great hardship.
Instead of focusing on how dry and dusty I thought things were, my focus shoulda been on what what God had blessed me with. Rather than complaining to Him about how I thought things were 'unbearable' and demanding an instant watering hole, I shoulda been exalting all that my God is capable of doing.
After all, He is Lord of the oasis and the barren.