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In the Way

Daily Devotional for December 12, 2017

Read: John 1:11-14

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"Mittens, you're driving me crazy!" Mei said as she stepped over her cat.

"What's Mittens doing?" Mom asked.

"Nothing, but I always have to step over him. I've actually stepped on his tail lots of times," Mei said. "I don't do it on purpose, but he always gets under my feet. Why does he just sit in the middle of the floor where we're trying to walk?"

"I guess he trusts us to know he's there and to walk around him," said Mom.

"Well, he should watch out and be more careful not to get in our way," Mei said. "We're a lot bigger than he is!"

Mom leaned over and scratched Mittens' head, making him purr. "It makes me feel good to see how much he trusts us," she said. "If we were small and he were big, do you think we'd trust him not to hurt us?"

"Not me!" said Mei. "His claws are sharp. If he were big like a lion or tiger, I think he'd be dangerous!"

"I can think of someone bigger than we are who we can always trust," said Mom.

"You mean Dad?"

Mom laughed. "Someone much bigger than Dad."

"Who?" asked Mei. Then she figured it out. "I know--you mean God! He's so big He created the whole universe."

"Right," said Mom. "But even though He's so much bigger than us, He loves us--just like we love Mittens and want him as part of our family, even though he gets in the way sometimes. God wants us to be part of His family too, but our sin gets in the way. That's why He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for us. When we trust in Him, He removes our sin so it's not in the way anymore, and makes us part of God's family."

Mei smiled. "I'm glad I'm part of God's family and can always trust Him." She bent over to pet her cat. "And I'm glad Mittens is part of our family and trusts us--even though I step on his tail sometimes!" Diana M. Martin

HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you feel afraid of God because He’s so much bigger than you? You don’t have to be afraid of Him—He loves you and wants you to be part of His family! That’s why He sent Jesus to die for you—to get sin out of the way so you can be one of His children. By trusting in Jesus, you can become part of God’s family and know He’ll always take care of you. (To learn more, click the "Good News!" button in the right column of this page.)

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: John 1:12 (KJV)
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. (NLT)

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