Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It has been a rather cool day here in Tokyo with the mercury leveling out at about ten degrees Celsius. As a family we have often decided together to give something up for Lent and focus on the coming Easter season with some sort of intentional devotion. This year Rhonda and I are giving up our evening TV show to use that time together for Lenten devotions.
Spring is in the air with trees and flowers blooming. No more frost in the mornings! Not as many layers needed for going out, anticipation is growing for the coming Sakura (cherry blossom) season.
I love daffodils as they always bring nostalgic feelings of the Easter season when I was younger, back in Brighton. Seeing them today on this first day of Lent was a very warming and special feeling for me.
I had, however, just come from praying for some very close, dear friends who were experiencing sickness in one form or the other. Two different families both experiencing the effects of the fruit of sin. Sickness! I remembered that in both cases I had prayed for the resurrection power of Jesus to bring healing to their bodies.
Jesus commanded us to heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out demons. I still believe in putting myself in the place where I can see Jesus do these things through me.
On the way home, after taking the pictures of the flowers, I saw this dead sparrow in a bush. At first I just walked right on by. However, I went back and took this picture and wanted to share this thought.
Sin, sickness and even death are daily realities in the world we live in. However, while God does not cause the suffering we experience, He knows and has experienced it all and has made a way for us to endure and overcome in every situation.
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Luke 12:6-7 NIV