News from the front porch: The ultimate, unlimited lotto ticket

Have you ever been in a hurry, walked into a convenience store with only one employee, and found yourself waiting an extended amount of time in line behind folks buying lottery tickets?

What if there was an unlimited lottery that would be a perpetual bank of riches forever to everyone who found it? Not just one or two winners, but to all who seek it?

What if these riches were so complete that everyone who comes in contact with the winner benefits from the wealth just by being around them?

This complete and abundant wealth exists. It is the restored relationship with the author and creator of life. Our ticket has been purchased for us by Christ at a huge price that we could not afford. God lavishly and generously offers it to everyone through Christ.

God wants us to know him like he knows us. Eternal life begins now, here. Eternal life includes knowing God and having him speak to us every day. It takes focus and sacrificing our self-will much like a lottery ticket purchaser sacrifices time and other duties to invest in a ticket.

Through reading his words to us in the Bible, believing them, and asking him to speak to us, his spiritual riches complete us and flow out to others with unlimited blessings to all. God's blessings become automatic when we invest in him daily. The creator's best is programmed into the rest of creation and operates in it involuntarily.

God's creative provision is evident in 20 million female Mexican free-tailed bats as they raise their 20 million pups and gulp down 150 tons of insects every night in Bracken Cave outside San Antonio, Texas.The bats winter in Mexico and mate in the spring. Then, for a reason unknown to scientists, the females head to Texas.

While they make the difficult migration, the females store the male sperm in suspended animation. Once settled in at Bracken Cave, they become pregnant. Four months later, each has a single pup. Although the cave's one-room nursery has 20 million noisy pups, a mother bat can find her own youngster in as little as 12 seconds.

At night, each female leaves the cave and flies as far as 60 miles, consuming as much as her total body weight in insects. After about five hours, she returns to the cave to nurse her pup.The bat's normal diet does not provide enough fat for the mother bat's rich milk. However, the nursing period also falls at the same time that an ant, that is a rich source of fat, grows wings. These flying ants are available, in the bats' airspace, at just the right time.

"You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For You created everything, and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created." Revelation 4:11

Dianne Brady is an author and speaker and can be reached at