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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Owl Monkeys

What lives in trees, feeds at night, has big eyes and makes a hooting sound? If you’re thinking of an owl, guess again. That description also fits a fuzzy little creature known as the owl monkey.

Owl monkeys are named for their owl-like traits, especially their saucer-shaped eyes. These unusual animals live in the rain forests of Central and South America. They are also called night monkeys because they are nocturnal. That means they come out after dark to play and eat. Owl monkeys are the only truly nocturnal monkeys.

Owl monkeys can’t see colors well. But they have great night vision. Their large eyes help them find fruit, nuts and insects in the dim light. They like to roam in groups. To stay together, the monkeys make lots of sounds — from grunts and purrs to shrieks and owl-like hoots. Throughout the night, they fill the forest with their strange calls.

Unlike owl monkeys, people are not nocturnal. Most people go to bed and sleep at night. The Bible tells about a boy who had trouble sleeping. Samuel lived in the court of God’s tabernacle with Eli, the priest. One night, Samuel heard someone calling his name. Samuel ran to Eli and said, “Here I am.” But Eli had not called. This happened three times. Finally, Eli realized God was calling Samuel. He told the boy to answer, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”

Samuel followed Eli’s instructions. God talked to Samuel and told him what was going to happen in the days ahead. Samuel learned to hear and obey God’s voice when he was just a boy. He grew up to be a great leader in Israel.

“The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of his words fall to the ground” (1 Samuel 3:19, NIV).

God doesn’t just talk to grownups. He speaks to kids too. God may not talk to you out loud the way He spoke to Samuel. Often, He speaks quietly to your heart. As you pray and read your Bible, ask God what He wants to tell you. He has an amazing plan for your life. He wants you to learn to hear His voice.

— Christina Quick

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