For today’s Word on Wednesday post, we’re memorizing the words of our humble and homeless Savior, who — in contrast to the wild animals His Father attends to so lovingly — hadn’t even a place to lay his head.
In reference to those wild animal homes, sometimes God provides those directly. Sometimes He uses people to accomplish the task. I’m grateful He does the former, but also love when I get to be involved in the latter.
About fifteen feet up in the tree right next to our back porch hangs a squirrel box. We nailed it up there a couple of years ago when the squirrels my daughters raised from babies were ready to release.
The weather was nippy when they came of age, and our little girl squirrel moved in immediately and stayed all winter, long enough to raise a litter of her own.
Once those babies were weaned and warm weather returned, however, Miss Suzy moved out. She evidently preferred more open-air surroundings where she could enjoy a nice breeze on sultry summer evenings.
Well, ever since the temperatures dropped in January, our squirrel box has again been occupied. The current resident looks a lot like Miss Suzy, although we can’t tell for sure. Either way, it’s gratifying to think that our handiwork has supplied our squirrel a warm place to snuggle during the cold winter months.
We’re happy to have provided a home for her, but we’re even more happy that God has provided a home for us. That’s more than He had when He was here:
“Jesus said to him, ‘The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” (Matthew 8:20)
I think of that sometimes when I see the homeless in our cities: our Lord himself was once homeless, as well, without so much as a place to rest his head. To think that He left all the comforts of heaven to walk such a lonely road makes the sacrifice seem all the greater.
Aren’t we blessed to have a such a Savior? Jesus willingly gave up His home for a time, so that those who put their trust in Him might share it with Him through all eternity!
This week’s verse can be found in the seventh set of our Scripture Memory Flashcards:
And for extra practice, I’ve made more handwriting printables, as well:
Plus, in case you missed them, here are links to the first six sets of flashcards:
- Scripture Memory Cards – Set 1
- Scripture Memory Cards – Set 2
- Scripture Memory Cards – Set 3
- Scripture Memory Cards – Set 4
- Scripture Memory Cards – Set 5
- Scripture Memory Cards – Set 6
And here are the first six sets of handwriting copywork sheets, as well:
- Memory Verse Copywork – Set 1
- Memory Verse Copywork – Set 2
- Memory Verse Copywork – Set 3
- Memory Verse Copywork – Set 4
- Memory Verse Copywork – Set 5
- Memory Verse Copywork – Set 6
And I’ve also uploaded a progress chart to help you keep track of which verses your child has already memorized (some of the verses listed are from sets of flashcards that will be published in the future).
May God honor your efforts to hide His Word in your heart!