A Tiny Quail and a Biblical Truth~

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Over the weekend Greg and I took a little time to work in our backyard.  The weather has been especially hot so we were trying to finish the work quickly.  Greg moved from bush to bush trimming branches that looked wayward while I made my way around the yard pulling random weeds.

All of a sudden a mother Quail flew to the top of the fence in front of me, basically yelling at me!  The behaviour continued for some time as she moved side to side along the fence screaming at me to “go away”….she was frantic!

Greg and I could not figure out what was upsetting this mama bird ~ we didn’t see any babies near by but we decided to move away from where she was to calm her down.    Within minutes the tiniest baby Quail (seriously not bigger than the tip of my thumb) came running along the fence, darted underneath and ran to safety.  So tiny and seemingly insignificant but that mama knew one of her babies was missing.  She had many other babies to be mindful of yet she left them to go and find this tiny, lost baby.

As I pondered what I had seen I was quickly reminded of the story of the Good Shepherd that was willing to leave his flock to find the one tiny lamb that had gotten into harms way.

Matthew 18:12-14 says:

What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray and gets lost, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountain and go in search of the one that is lost?

And if it should be that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not get lost.

Just so it is not the will of My Father Who is in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost and perish.”

Do you ever feel insignificant? forgotten?  Do you ever wonder if God is mindful of you?  Does He hear you?  Would He notice if you were “lost”?  Would He fight for you?

Pastor Rick Warren expresses this thought about how mindful God is about us:

“What does it mean that God is mindful of you? It means he’s alert, he’s focused, he’s paying attention. When God is mindful of you, he notices everything in your life. Matthew 10:19-30 says not even a sparrow can fall to the ground without God noticing. He even numbers every hair on your head. That’s how close God pays attention to you.”

May you be encouraged today by knowing you and I are never insignificant to the God who is always mindful of us.  🙂

A Posture of Gratefulness

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Forever Thankful

Being forever thankful,

Is what God wants from us,

Never forgetting from where we came,

Or His boundless, saving love

All of heavens blessings

Poured down from heavens gates,

Everything we have in life,

He’s given with extra grace

We need to always thank Him

For this, and so much more

Not only for tangible things,

But because He is our Lord.

As you enter into the season of Thanksgiving, whether facing joy or pain, may you never lose your gratefulness for who God is in your life. There’s powerful hope in a grateful posture.

He sees you.

He cares.

Unforeseen Challenges~

 

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We have an interesting situation at our house.  Our home has huge windows facing out to our backyard; behind the fence in the yard is a grouping of trees that serve as a “gathering place” for a multitude of birds.  Early in the morning my husband and I often comment that the birds are holding “church services” back there!

Here’s the sad challenge~ daily I hear one or two loud noises as a bird, flying confidently through its day, slams into my window and falls to the ground.  Sometimes, after they get their bearings, they cautiously fly away. Sometimes they die.  I am so sad every time!! Outside of putting decals all over my picture windows; I can’t save them from this unforseen challenge!

As always, these situations give me reason to ponder and find the truth about life in the experience. Today I realized that just like the birds, there are times we are just going along with our daily routines and WHAM!  We find we have hit an unforseen challenge! Didn’t see it coming!!  Couldn’t have avoided it!! Didn’t necessarily cause it!!  We were just “flying along”!

  Matthew 10: 29-31 reminds us of this truth; “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 3 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

God doesn’t promise deliverance from all pain. He does not always intervene to keep us far from hurt or harm. But in the times when we do hurt, He comforts us in the midst of our troubles.

Sometimes He bolsters us through the kindness of others. Sometimes He brings a sense of peace that we could never conjure up on our own. Sometimes, through a glimpse of beauty or a well-timed word of encouragement, he reassures us that we’re going to be okay, that we are loved.  He is near.

My prayer is that when you face unforeseen challenges you will experience the hand of God lovingly nudging you back on your feet just as I do when these little birds hit my window. May you sense His sadness for your hurt and know His desire to see you fly again!  🙂