It was approaching winter in a remote part of Australia and the Aboriginals asked the minister of the small church to ask God if the winter was going to be cold or mild.
The newly arrived minister did not want to lose their confidence so he advised them to collect fired wood and to be prepared. But to be on the safe side, he rang the meteorology department and asked if the coming winter was going to be cold. ‘Yes,’ came the reply, ‘it looks as if it is going to be cold.’
So, the minister went back to his people and told them to collect even more wood. A week later he again called the meteorology office and asked if it still looked like being a very cold winter. ‘Yes,’ came the reply again, ‘it’s going to be very cold.’
The minister went back to his community and encouraged them to collect every scrap of firewood they could find. Two weeks later and still concerned, the minister called the office again.
‘It’s looking more and more likely it’s going to be one of the coldest, severe winters ever,’ was the reply. ‘How can you be so sure?’ the minister asked. The weatherman replied, ‘Our satellites have reported that the Aboriginals are collecting firewood like crazy, and that’s always a sure sign.’
Perhaps there are times when we miss the signals that we should be picking about our lives and the future. What am I here for? Does my life have any meaning? Am I any use? The answers to these questions are very important.
Yes, you are valued! God made you and he cares for you. You are precious in his eyes and you have a purpose and a task to fulfil. You are loved and he will bless you!