See this plant? It was grown from seeds brought back to life. No big deal, you might think. Well, the seeds were 32,000 years old! They “had been entirely encased in ice, were unearthed from 124 feet (38 meters) below the permafrost, surrounded by layers that included mammoth, bison, and woolly rhinoceros bones.” According to National Geographic: “A Russian team discovered a seed cache of Silene stenophylla, a flowering plant native to Siberia, that had been buried by an Ice Age squirrel near the banks of the Kolyma River. Radiocarbon dating confirmed that the seeds were 32,000 years old.”
Sooooooooo, if you are tempted to hopelessness about areas in your life that seem to be taking forever to change . . . or about people that you know whose lives seem irreparable, have hope! To the Lord, a thousand years is as one day, and as we well know, He can bring the dead to life. All in His own time . . .
I just discovered a new collection of Amy Carmichael writings that I had not known about. (I hope none of you are groaning. 😉 My disclaimer is that I write most of these posts for myself . . . I always experience such wonder at what she discovers in Scripture and such hope from her words. Here’s the first of a series of three. This one makes me smile.
1 Chronicles 27.30 Over the camels was Obil the Ishmaelite
Have you to try to help people who are rather like camels? You want them to go one way, and they go another. You try persuasion and they turn sulky. It is difficult to be patient with an animal that never looks pleased. It is very difficult to be patient with human camels.
But God knows all about you and your difficulties, and your name is not forgotten to Him. He htought the name of a camel driver who lived three thousand years ago worth writing in His Book. The names of thousands of great kings are buried and forgotten, but the name of David’s camel driver is remembered to this day: Over the camels was Obil.
Obil means “driver” or “leader.” I expect he sometimes found leading better than driving, and so sometimes shall we. God give His Obils patience to deal with their camels.
The sisters in my house had an exercise in patient waiting this weekend. We lost power on Thursday night due to a strong thunderstorm. The projected time for restoration of power was this Tuesday night. When we lose power, we lose everything including water. We do have a generator–thanks to a very generous donor last year, but, of course, we can’t plug everything into it . . . and the water pump is one of those things. This means a lot of water hauling, manual flushing of toilets, heating water on the stove. (Like the good old days, heh?) The good news is that everyone pitched in and maintained a good attitude. The other good news is that the power came on last night at midnight–two days before the estimated time!!!
“Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. . . . You also must be patient. Establish your hearts for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble . . . .” (James 5.7a, 8-9a)