LOOK FOR THE PLATYPUS
Read Isaiah 42: 9-16
The Lord says, “See, the former things have taken
place, and new things I declare; before they spring
into being I announce them to you.”
Scientists once thought that all mammals give live birth, that
no mammal lays eggs. Then they explored Australian waterways and discovered the duck-billed platypus. The platypus not
only astounded zoologists with its beaver-like tail and duck bill,
but it also became the only known warm-blooded, fur-covered
mammal that lays eggs. We read about similar discoveries in
the Old Testament. Time and again the Israelites saw things
they had never seen before: parting seas, pillars of fire, water
from rocks, and manna from heaven. God was preparing them
for a new chapter.
Preparing for anything new is uncomfortable and can be
scary. New relationships, locations, jobs, even forgiveness and
trust — all require courage and faith. If we are watchful, we
might begin to see ways that God is working in our lives that we
previously never dreamed of. New things may become visible.
They may even threaten the
very core of what we know or
Whenever we find ourselves thinking, Everything
is going according to plan;
there is no “platypus” in my life, we can see this as a sign to be
full of courage and look for the unexpected. Before we know it,
we may have an opportunity to step out and watch for the new
discoveries God wants to reveal to us.
Prayer: Dear God, give us the courage to step out and trust
you. Amen. Tez Brooks (Florida)
The Bible readings are selected with great care, and we urge you to
include the suggested reading in your devotional time.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE MOVING IN TO A NEW PHASE OF LIFE
— Isaiah 42: 9 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
God has more in store for me
than I know.