Nature Window: Box Turtles
Box turtles are one of my favorite creatures to stumble upon outside in the woods. They literally carry their house on their back. Their shell is a part of them and grows with them. The bottom shell has an interesting hinge on it so one end can open and close independently of the other end. When the turtle senses danger or wants to sleep, it pulls itself into its shell and closes both its front door and its back door. Sometimes, the turtle will slowly open his front door and peak out to see if everything is okay. Watch this shy turtle come out of his shell.
Box turtles remind me of the Bible verse, Revelation 3:8, in which Jesus says to us, "behold, I stand at the door and knock." Just like the box turtle, our hearts have a door that we can open or shut. Don't be afraid to open your heart's door to Jesus. He loves you and will lead you in good paths.
Our Bible story today is about a king who opened the doors of God's house after another king shut them.
Bible Story: Open the Doors of God's House
Reference: 2 Chronicles 29
Hezekiah's father, Ahaz, was a wicked king of Judah. Ahaz shut the doors of the God's house, so nobody could worship God. He wanted everyone to worship idols. Hezekiah was very sad by his father's disobedience. He knew that Ahaz causing God's people to sin.
After Ahaz died, Hezekiah became king of Judah. In the very first month of his reign, he opened the doors of God's house. Then king Hezekiah told the Levites and the priests to clean up the temple and get it ready for worship.
When the God's house was all cleaned up, King Hezekiah called all the people of Judah together to have worship. They sang songs and offered sacrifices. They celebrated the Passover, which is a special service that remembers when God freed His people from Egypt.
Hezekiah also destroyed all of the idols in the country. He wanted everyone to worship the true God.
Our prayer verse is Psalm 122:1, which says, "Let us go into the house of the Lord" (NKJV). Do you like going to God's house? Hezekiah did. We can meet God there and worship Him.
Dear Father God, I love going to Your house on Sabbath. I want to meet You there. In Jesus' name, Amen.