Amid a pile of cut paper on each classroom desk, second grader Carol wailed loudly, “Mrs. Brown! Somebody stole my bladder! I can’t find it anywhere! I really need it!” Because the girl had just returned from the bathroom, Mrs. Brown knew that Carol was well equipped. But Carol waved a piece of paper in the air, “This is the last piece except for my bladder!”

The messy, hands-on science project had everyone in the class cutting and pasting pieces of their internal organs onto a human body cut-out. The seven-year-old searched frantically, but couldn’t find her bladder.

Mrs. Brown helped look, smiled, and then handed the girl another print-out of the organ she needed just in the nick of time.

Yes, Carol needs a bladder, not just for her project, but in order to live and thrive. Though she may have misplaced the paper one, God gave her the real thing and continues to meet her and our needs in more than a physical sense. A life invested in learning about, loving and communicating with God is worth the time and effort daily.

God? Where can we seek and find him today?  We see evidence of him everywhere within his creation. We need him. We have his love and attention as we seek him.

Some don’t look for God, but focus on securities and assets. Those can be gone faster than a paper bladder. The wealthiest king of the ancient world, Solomon writes, “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This, too, is meaningless.” [Ecclesiastes 5:10]

David talks about security, safety and provision as he writes, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” [Psalm 20:7]

Busy projects and demands on our days will always catch our attention and require time.  I encourage you to continue to seek God each day, each moment, touching him with each thought and decision.

Solomon concludes, “Here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgement, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” [Ecclesiastes 12:13-14]

The meaning of life? Follow his commandments. Love him as he loves you. Show his love in helping others. What is the meaning of life? God. I think I’ve figured it out. Have you?

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and her recent Give Us This Day Our Daily Grin – A Fun-Lovers Guide to Spiritual Living and Growing now in print and e-book on Amazon Kindle and other e-formats Smashwords. She is author of several other books, including award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website,]






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Jo’s humor, inspirational stories, articles and devotionals have spanned more than 40 years, with several national writing contest awards for humor. She's a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Soul—Shaping the New You and Heavenly Humor for the Dieter’s Soul.

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