As I sit in my office gazing out across the Wyoming sky, I enjoy watching the sun slowly sink into the western horizon. My view is vast and very peaceful, unencumbered by buildings, traffic or other distractions. Large spruce, maple and other flowering trees are carefully planted across our yard. Beyond our property lies over 170 acres of undeveloped rolling hills providing refuge to many deer, antelope and other wild life.
In the forefront of my view, in the tree closest to my window, hang two bird feeders. I carefully placed them in that very tree on purpose to draw the birds as close as possible. Almost every morning I rise early to enjoy the peace of the morning and share time with the Lord. After I settle myself into my comfortable chair I watch in anticipation for the arrival of the birds. Only after the sun has risen high enough to illuminate the yard do they come, in mass, with their expectation of full feeders.
I have become a bit of a slave to the bird feeders. It seems like they are ALWAYS empty, AGAIN! My husband calls them “ a bit of a black hole”. But to me, having the privilege of being close enough to see the beautiful, brilliant colors, different sizes, shapes and to hear their unique sounds is a gift in itself. I am so thankful for the pleasure it brings me and I am pretty faithful to keep the feeders filled.
You see, the birds are focused on getting fed and they will succeed in their mission everyday with or without full feeders on my tree. The Word says in Matt 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” I believe the Lords wants us to be more like the birds in diligent pursuit of our food. Not only natural food to sustain the body but more importantly spiritual food to render nourishment to the soul.
Our soul is made up of our mind, our will and our emotions. If we are willing to grow in the Word and be fed the healthy meat of the Word, (Heb 5:13 ”For everyone who partakes only of milk is NOT accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant.” ) we will find that:
1. our minds will be renewed, (Rom 12:2 “ And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”)
2. our wisdom and knowledge will increase_(James 1:5 “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”)
3. we will walk in the peace that passes all understanding__(Phil 4:7 “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”)
James writes in chapter 4:3 “ We have not because we ask not…”. Well, if we don’t take time to focus on communicating with the Lord, and allow Him to feed us through the sustenance of His Word we will be weak, immature, unfortified and very unlikely to ask for His help, or, may ask with wrong motives.
God’s animal creations don’t worry and fret about being fed, they know what to do and they do it without fail everyday for they know the words of Job 12: 10 “ In His hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.” We too have the privilege of being fed everyday, but for us it’s a choice not an instinct.
Jesus knows our every thought and deed, the number of days appointed to our life and He holds the solution to every problem. His feeder is always full, never empty. When we give Him our hearts and time He delights giving back to us in good measure, pressed down and overflowing as is recorded in Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
With promises like these, how can we deny ourselves the opportunity to eat everyday from His overflowing feeder!