I love being out in nature. The smell of the moist soil or the sound of a squirrel scurrying up the nearest tree as he forages an acorn into his tiny abode. For me, there’s nothing that brings me closer to God than being out in the forest. There so much we can learn from nature it’s no wonder why it’s beauties are repeated metaphorically throughout the entire bible. Birds have always been one of my particular favorites as I find their behavior so unique. For example, did you know that the baby chick who cries the loudest almost always gets the first worm? Sure enough, I’ve observed this behavior myself many times from the Robins that have frequented my yard year after year. It so precious to watch how the baby chicks will chirp their little hearts out as their momma approaches with the next meal, but there always seems to be one that just really has a set of lungs on them, and sure enough, she almost always feeds that one first.
This reminds me of something Jesus said in Matthew Chapter 7. The title of the chapter says it all really, ‘Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking’ and in verses, 7-8 Jesus tells us “Ask, and God will give to you; Seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Just like that baby bird, Jesus is beckoning us to call out to Him for help, but so often I find that in my own life I don’t do this as often as I should. When I encounter an obstacle in my life, my first reaction is to do it my way first. As expected, however, more often than not my way fails, but it’s only then that I humble myself, enough to ask Jesus for help. Maybe you too can relate to this as well. I’ve had to learn that Jesus doesn’t want us to walk around struggling for answers or to travel down blind paths to nowhere, but it’s up to us to ask, seek, or knock He can’t do that for us. Maybe we could take a lesson from the baby robins and squeal our little lungs out to Jesus instead.
©Lena Wright 07/20/17