Pecking away

Through the years we have owned our home its been cool to see the birds assemble outside after we have put out seed for them to munch on in the cold winters. Not long after we had some snow fall a couple days ago I noticed tiny bird tracks all over the back porch. They were pecking through the white stuff for their next meal.  Between us and the neighbors they know where their bread is buttered !  And after a little snack they fly off and do the next bird thing, nourished, recharged and raring to go despite the elements.

Two things good spiritual lessons at least here:  One, does God routinely see your “tracks” coming to dine at His spread? Jeremiah said, “Thy Words, and I did eat them; and Thy Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by Thy name, O Lord God of hosts.” (Jer.15:16) and Job said, “. . . I have esteemed the Words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” (Job 23:12).  Those birds fly in to take in what they need, which is provided for them without charge, so too with the Lord. He only asks we give a little time (which He has also given graciously) to spend with Him.

But also, once we do take in what He’s written to YOU do you allow it to truly affect  and energize you?  I mean really digest it, not just reading but considering it carefully and prayerfully, and applying it to your life as the Holy Spirit is so desirous to do.  When you do this, no matter what the elements are around you, even cold and hostile, you go away from His table nourished and fortified in a way that nothing else can do so for you !   I like, as I suppose most people, a good amount of variety in my diet. These birds get a nice mix of all kinds of seeds too.

At times we come to the Word kind of dulled in that, we have read that before, we have heard that type of sermon, the same ole guy in the pulpit week after week so we lull ourselves into this spiritual stupor where we don’t truly allow His Word to penetrate our heart and change us.   Paul understood this dynamic and he prayed that his Ephesian brethren wouldn’t fall into this spiritual coma, “That He would grant you according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by (or by means of) His Spirit in the inner man.” (3:16).  Ask the Lord to freshen up the diet a tad and help you to see things in a way maybe you haven’t before.  Explore the glory of the Psalms or Proverbs, enjoy the warmth of John’s gospel again and the we need to hear about in Philippians, search out different issues and topics God has addressed in His Word to better formulate biblical convictions.  Take some time to meditate on what He says and how it relates to your life and world now. The Scriptures are wonderfully varied and exciting to explore, put your little feet out there and start pecking away !!

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