A Mother Hen

The Bible is full of gems from nature. Jesus describes God’s nurturing love as that of a hen gathering her chickens under her wings.

“How often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings…” Matthew 23:37

The Bible is full of gems from nature. In this scripture Jesus describes God’s nurturing love as that of a hen gathering her chickens under her wings.

It’s amazing to observe a clucky hen. For three weeks she will sit on the eggs with such dedication, awaiting for these to hatch. During that time, she will only get up for feed and toilet time. In other words, she is placing the needs of her future babies above her need. She looks like an enchanted bird, vulnerable to any predator, until one tries to remove her from the nest. Best to have protective gloves as she will attack you.

As these baby chickens hatches, she will continue to nurture, protect, take care of them. This she will do for several weeks. She will gather them under her feathers, keeping them warm and protecting them. I tried to lift our broody hen’s feathers to see the babies and she put up a fight.

Watching our broody hen, and pondering on this passage of Scripture, I can only say: How awesome it is to know that God cares for us, nurtures us, protects us.

My Shepherd

“The Lord is my Shepherd,

I shall not want” Psalms 23:1

There’s something special about watching animals grazing. I find it soothing, therapeutic. My whole being relaxes and I find myself submerged in the peace they radiate.

It reminds me of Psalms 23, the Psalm about the Good Shepherd.

As I surrender my life into the loving hands of my Heavenly Father and Creator of all heaven and earth, I too can relax knowing that He provides my every needs. He cares about us, He loves us. Nothing is hidden from Him.

He is a good good Father. He is a good good Shepherd.

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Everyday Inspiration, Day Four: A Story in a Single Image

The thickness of this forest can confuse the mind. 

At first instinct, the path to take is straight on.

Let your mind latch to the miriad of thoughts. “What if my first instinct is wrong?” “What if it isn’t as clear as it seems?” “What if I should take another path to reach my destination?”

I am now confused, unsure. “Why did I allow myself to listen to these thoughts? I am now clouded with doubts, unable to discern the way out.”

This photo depicts Life’s journey, in that we are faced with choices, if we listen to the first instinct choice that comes from deep within, not from the crowds of thoughts that bombard our mind, we are most likely going to take the right choice.

Traveling on this road called life, if we could only learn to take captive our thoughts, what a difference it would make. We are responsible to make the choice to refuse to entertain thought that would cloud our ability to make the right decision.

Thought based on II Corinthians 10:5 “bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”

Abundance

The other day, while sitting near our top dam surrounded by our sheep and calves, I was overwhelmed with emotions. My eyes became tearful, I started singing Psalms 23 “The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want”. The words of that psalm felt so real. 

I have this sensation that God knew the deepest desire, need, want of our inner being, one that we ourselves had no idea was there, and through His providence He orchestrated for it to happen. 

We are blessed beyond measure. ”I shall not want”, this means ”I have no need”, “I lack nothing”.  I would even say, ”I have in abundance”.

By abundance, I am not talking of material things. One can have all the material gains and still feel empty. I am referring to an inner state of abundance. I have no need, no wants, I feel my cup is overflowing.

A Beautiful Garden – A Beautiful Mind

It’s amazing how easily our thoughts wander away, as if they had a will of their own. I would compare them to the weeds in my garden.

Weeds don’t wait for an invitation to invade a garden, they just do. It takes efforts to remove them, either by physically pulling them out or using weed killer.

A beautiful garden needs careful planning, work, effort and continuous maintenance on the part of the gardener. Seeds must be chosen with care.

I am a novice when it comes to gardening. However, it has become clear that there are many similarities between nature and how to live our life. No wonder Jesus spoke in parables; stories using examples from nature to convey a spiritual truth or lifestyle lesson.

Believe it or not, it takes constant planning, time and effort on our part to cultivate a beautiful mind. The Bible gives us an insight to what type of thought to plant. In Philippians 4:8 we are encouraged to meditate on: things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, anything that has any virtue and that is praiseworthy.

Today I will make every effort to “ Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable” in God’s sight. Psalms 19:14

Beholding the Beauty of God

Sitting down in my favourite spot of our homestead, I can relax, meditate, enjoy what we have in a deeper way. 

Today, let me take you on a journey involving what I see, hear, feel from my mountaintop.

What can I hear:

  • Birds chirping
  • Ducks quacking
  • Soft whisper of the wind blowing
  • Insects buzzing 
  • The occasional far distant sound of a car

What can I see:

  • Luscious Green hills, filled with clusters of trees and bushes and adorned with herds of cattle 
  • The far distant horizon where land, silhouettes of mountains and sky meet
  • The occasional bird flying above my head
  • The sun veiled with a thin layer of cloud

What can I feel:

  • Warmth of the sunshine
  • The gentle caressing of the wind on my face
  • Peace
  • Tranquility 
  • Happiness 

In the Bible, there’s a verse that says the following : “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made…(Romans 1:20) King James Version (KJV)

When contemplating the beauty of nature I agree with that verse. I behold the beauty of the Lord through His creation. My heart is overwhelmed with gratitude and thanksgiving.The beauty of nature always brings me closer to its Creator. 

Secret to Success

Secret to success: except a grain of wheat falls into the ground and does, it cannot bring forth fruit.

Isn’t it amazing! One sunflower seed. Planted, buried. We usually bury what’s dead, except if it’s a seed. A seed is alive. It is buried alive.

This one sunflower seed produced a huge beautiful flower.

This flower, when harvested weighed 1.9 kgs.

It contained 250 grams of seeds.

I didn’t try to count how many seeds that was.

Applying this principle in our lives is a key to succeeding.

Our thoughts, emotions, anxieties, lack of self-belief, what other people think of us, stops us from letting go and achieving.

If I care too much about what others are thinking, I am focusing all my energy on not letting go. I am bound to underperform.

If I lack self-confidence, I am holding on to who I believe I am. I barely perform.

If I let go of my self-doubts and chose to follow my call, regardless of what others think, I am giving myself permission to die like that grain, so I can produce much fruit, so I can succeed.