Louie, the Lion came out into the forest clearing, his crown tilted slightly to the side, his large mouth opening wide, as he declared, “It’s going to be a great day, here in the forest! I declare that every forest creature will be blessed, prosperous, safe, and healthy today.” All of the animals, small and large came out hopping, loping, and some slithering in response to his roar as they did every day. It was going to be another good day in the forest, plenty to eat, plenty to do, perhaps some challenges to overcome, but King Louie had spoken and surely all would be well with them today.
Quintessa, the quietest of the forest animals slowly meandered from her favorite tree where early this morning she had climbed down from the comfortable crook she had been sleeping in. Yes, that’s right porcupines like to sleep in the crook of a tree unless they are nurturing their babies in a cozy burrow. This morning, she carried a basket of clover in her mouth and greeted the other animals with a nod of her prickly head. She looked characteristically happy, and content and ready to take on the day.
“She’s done it again,” the giraffe exclaimed. I know what you’re thinking and you are right. Giraffes are not usually found in forests; they are out on the savanna with the lions and zebras and such but for the purpose of this story, all kinds of animals of every size, shape, description, and personality will be found here in our extraordinary animal kingdom. Here we will meet and interact with God’s creatures as they live and breathe in the imagination of this author. These fanciful animals have unforgettable and pertinent messages to deliver to us. Today’s message: “Declare (decree) a thing, and it shall be done.” Job 22:28 So back to our story. . .
“What did you say?” questioned the believable beaver, Belinda.
“She’s done it again,” replied Johnny, the giraffe. “She’s been up early, she’s gathered food, she’s got a smile on her face. I don’t know how she does it. I barely have my eyes open now, and the smile that started at my toes won’t reach my mouth before mid afternoon. Course that’s because it has such a looooooong way to go, but that is beside the point. Quintessa is always so positive, and optimistic. What’s her secret? You told me the other day, but I forgot.”
“Her secret,” Belinda reminded Johnny patiently, “is that she does the same thing that King Louie does, just in a completely different way. She explained it to me this way, ‘I open my eyes and I look up to the sky. I can see it through the branches of the tree, and without saying a word, I send my thoughts up to God, and I say, It’s going to be a great day in the forest today. I declare a blessing over all the forest creatures, and I say they are blessed, prosperous, safe, and healthy today. Then I get up and wash my face and gather food and then meet you all here to see what adventures await us. It’s going to be a great day, today.’ That’s what she does every day without opening her mouth because she’s quiet like that. She doesn’t roar it out. She just thinks it, you could say prays it out. Of course when she does say something it is lined up with how she’s thinking, that’s for sure.”
“That’s all very interesting,” Johnny remarked. “Different kinds of ways to get the thing done that needs to be done. We should all roar it out or pray it out, and even think the right things out every day. Is that right, Belinda?”
What will Belinda answer? And what adventures will greet the animals of the forest today?
Before I get out of bed each morning, like Quintessa, I usually quietly say in my mind , “It’s going to be a great day today!” or I remind myself, “I’m happier than I’ve ever been! God is with me, today! I have the mind of Christ today!” God Then Like Louie the Lion, I often will shout declarations when I am in the car. I will speak loudly about the blessings that will come upon each family member during the day. I have a very strong belief that declaring our day is a great way to tap into the happiness that God has planned for us! How do you start your day? Do you have any declarations or routines that help you have a happier day? Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and have a GREAT day!