I gave my 8 chickens a mobile home. It gives them a space to run around in, scratching and pecking, eating and dust bathing to their hearts’ content. They can be in the open air every day as I move them to a fresh new spot. The barn is reached from an inside ladder and it has food, water and nesting boxes for eggs plus perches for snuggling to sleep at night. They are safe from predators, from storms and they can find shade when the sunlight is intense. What more could they want?
I provide every need and I look out for their safety from hawks and coyotes and other predators. So why aren’t they content to stay within this sheltered environment?
I move the tractor daily in summer and one day a rebel hen decided to make a break for freedom. She slipped halfway under the edge and the wood frame pinned her to the ground as it rolled to a new location for the day. Injuries sustained were fatal. You might say the arrangement that would provide and protect for the chickens became the agent of judgment for rebelling.
Lesson? Why do we resist the One who made us, provides for us, protects us?
God is the One who knows us better than we know ourselves and loves us more than anyone has yet to love us. Why indeed.
In Dad’s grip, we are secure in our Father!
Many of the world’s best and most famous Christians came to discover a certain secret even after serving their Savior faithfully for years. Hudson Taylor, the brave soul who moved to China to trust God to take care of him while he risked his life to preach there and even to find his next meal, is a prime example. Others, household names among Christian churches and families, had the same experience as Hudson – they came to the end of themselves. Maybe you too have run out of gas trying to be a genuine Christian. Well, the secret has been revealed! Colossians says it was kept secret from prophets and priests and kings but has now been make known. Are you ready for this? . . . . the secret to living the Christian life is . . . . Christ in you! Hudson and others, including myself (perhaps YOU are next) finally get it: it is not you and me living for Christ but Him living His life in and through us! It is the new birth and the new spirit in us is His Spirit. Now we have the right to be His children, to have His genes, His life, His breath, His mind and His power. Sounds like hyperbole maybe but it is the good news, straight up. Hudson and others, including me, including maybe you too, have found what it means that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. It is because He lives it in and through us as we simply yield and get out of His way. Meditate on the message of Colossians, Romans and Galatians and you will see that I’m not making this up! The word is out; the secret has been revealed!
I learned half way back there in my life that self-confidence is an empty bucket with a hole in it.
The challenges of life or of even this next new year can be terrifying with uncertainty. Did you ever stop to think that without uncertainty, challenges and crises we would never be in a spot to enjoy hope or faith? Hope, if the object of it is seen, isn’t hope at all.
This is the only opportunity in your life, this present life- in which you can honor God by believing/trusting in Him for the courage to do things you’ve never done before. So, enjoy the ride!