Mago no Te (Proverbs 25:25)


Most people are familiar with this handy tool, pun intended! I, as well as many others, grew up calling it the “Itchy Back Scratcher”.  But it was only when I became an adult did I learn the Japanese name, mago no te, which literally means grandchild’s hand.

How cute and appropriate! What a delightful image of a little child scratching the back of a grandparent. It is the little pleasures in life that bring a smile to our faces.

I work with a missionary doctor in Cameroon. Earlier this year, an epidemic of Ebola was raging in West Africa, all countries that bordered Cameroon. I usually receive at least one consultation case a week via email. So when two weeks passed without hearing from him, I was obviously concerned and was thinking the worst. Thankfully an email arrived from him informing me he had been on a short vacation. He reassured me that he was fine and Ebola had not made an appearance in Cameroon. I was relieved as I sat back in my chair, a smile on my face.

Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
Proverbs 25:25

The Bible also reminds of the little things in life that bring us comfort and joy. Good news from a far country; the comfort of a grandchild’s hand. All things point to the all encompassing comfort and joy of our Great God!

No issue, large or small. escapes God’s attention.

What a wonderful God we serve!

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.