To celebrate a special occasion, my husband took me to a local art gallery and said I could choose a painting as a gift. I picked out a small picture of a brook flowing through a forest. The streambed took up most of the canvas, and because of this much of the sky was excluded from the picture. However, the stream’s reflection revealed the location of the sun, the treetops, and the hazy atmosphere. The only way to “see” the sky was to look at the surface of the water.
Jesus is like the stream, in a spiritual sense. When we…
One of my favorite pieces of art hangs in the Keble College chapel in Oxford, England. The painting, The Light of the World by English artist William Holman Hunt, shows Jesus holding a lantern in His hand and knocking on a door to a home.
One of the intriguing aspects of the painting is that the door does not have a handle. When questioned about the lack of way to open the door, Hunt explained that he wanted to represent the imagery of Revelation 3:20, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and…
God Hears Her: Devotions by Women for Women is a collection of Our Daily Bread devotionals specifically selected to bring comfort and encouragement to your everyday life. Each meditation was written by a woman to speak to another woman’s heart. The personal stories, Scripture passages, and inspirational quotes lift you up and remind you that God is bigger than the trials you face.
In college, I woke up one morning to find Carol, my roommate, in a panic. Her signet ring was missing. We searched everywhere. The next morning we found ourselves picking through a dumpster.
I ripped open a trash bag. “You’re so dedicated to finding this!”
“I’m not losing a two-hundred-dollar ring!” she exclaimed.
Carol’s determination reminds me of the parable Jesus told about the kingdom of heaven, which “is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field” (Matthew 13:44). Certain things…
Motorbikes have always been an important part of Colin’s life. But God hasn’t.
After school he bought his first motorbike, expecting it to bring freedom and everything he’d always wanted. He joined a motorbike gang, but his life was only fuelled by hatred. He had no idea how to love. He couldn’t even love his wife and children. Colin now looks back and sees how God was at work, even then.
During one church service, Colin finally gave his life to Jesus—and suddenly realised what it was to love. Today, he leads the Bikers Church in the UK—and he has introduced his whole family to his Saviour.