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Incredible Saguaros (Part 1)

Daily Devotional for June 23, 2017

Read: Psalm 119:9-16

Bible version changes do not affect the Key audio or "Today's Key Verse," below.

Rylee leaned all the way back to see the top of the huge saguaro cactus next to her. Its spiny arms reached out and up toward the sky. "With so many big arms, this thing should be holding something. Try sitting on one of its arms, Easton," Rylee said with a grin.

"No way!" said Easton. "I'm not sitting on those prickly things!"

"Those arms," said Dad, "are holding what is probably the most valuable thing in the entire region."

"And I know what it is," Easton said. "Water! Cactus plants can live in the dry, hot desert by storing water inside their trunks and arms."

"That can't be right," said Rylee, looking around at the sand and rocks. They extended as far as she could see. "There's no water here!"

"Easton is right," said Dad. "Cactus roots don't go very deep into the earth. Instead, they go down only about three feet and then spread out about a hundred feet in all directions. The spread-out roots draw in every drop of rain, sending it to a hidden storage area in the arms and trunk of the cactus. That inner water supply is what keeps this cactus alive and growing. These big fellas can soak up as much as two hundred gallons of water--enough to last them a whole year!"

"Yeah, that's why they're pleated like an accordion," Easton said, eager to show his knowledge. "The pleats expand as the spongy material inside absorbs water."

"That's incredible!" said Rylee. "Well, Mr. Cactus, I can see you're a pretty smart guy!"

Dad smiled. "And one with a good lesson for us about the importance of storing things."

"About storing water?" asked Easton. "I don't really mind carrying a water bottle--and I like the size of my arms the way they are!"

Dad laughed. "I wasn't thinking of your arms, Easton," he said. "Let's try your heart! I hope both of you will store God's Word in your hearts and minds--just like this cactus stores water in its arms. Then when things get difficult, you can draw from those words of hope, comfort, and guidance. Knowing God's Word and all Jesus has done for us will help you grow into mature Christians who are pleasing in God's sight." Trudy Vander Veen

Have you been growing spiritually? Are you storing God’s Word in your heart by reading the Bible and memorizing verses? Storing God’s Word in your heart will help you understand how much Jesus loves you and who you are in Him. Read and study it so you can learn more about Him and remember everything He’s done for you.

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 119:11 (KJV)
Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
*Verse displayed is NKJV

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