I am not looking for the grass to be greener on the other side; I am simply looking for growth.
Some see this as an obstacle in their path.
I see it as a new vantage point.
If I were deaf in one ear, I would still have the ability to listen with my good ear.
Even a lone duck swimming in the pond makes ripples that reach the shore.
Psalm 52:8 But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.
My back yard has attracted a female duck. I figured she was lost since there is no water in my yard and it isn’t “duck-friendly”. She visits often; therefore, my husband and I agreed she deserved a name instead of referring to her as “that duck”. We call her Daphne.
I always wondered why female birds have muted color. As humans, women are usually ornate with makeup, glitz, and glamour. Maybe Daphne likes hanging out with me because I am not into the makeup, glitz, and glamour. On this level we are kindred spirits.
Daphne visits before sunset and sits on the ground in the back corner by the bird feeders; she nibbles on what the birds drop. My back yard is plain, Daphne is plain, I am plain. When she visits, I sit on my deck and we stare at each other in curiosity.
God chooses the plain and ordinary. Want proof? He used Moses who was shy, fearful, and had a speech impediment to lead thousands of people out of slavery. Then God called David, who was a young shepherd, to slay a giant with a rock and a sling. Because of this victory, David became King. When Jesus began His ministry, He called the uneducated, fishermen, and even a tax collector to be His first disciples. After Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to Heaven, the disciples were commissioned through the Holy Spirit to spread the Gospel.
Moses, David, the 12 disciples, and Daphne are examples of plain and ordinary. I enjoy finding commonalities in others, so I proudly join the ranks of plain and ordinary so that I can be God-fodder. I am not a prolific writer, but God is using my love of writing to share Him with you. I pray that my plain and ordinary life examples can show you how beautifully God works.
While Daphne and I sit staring at each other, without notice, she flaps her wings, rises up and heads south to roost with other ducks in the neighborhood, I suspect. I will look for her tomorrow evening and, God willing, we will once again stare at each other in my back yard.
Thank you, Daphne, for picking my yard to find respite and nibbles of bird seed. Thank you God, for using me for your Glory as I write this blog.
Luke 9:1-6 (NIV)
9 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3 He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. 4 Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. 5 If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” 6 So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.
What’s in your thought bubble? Take an honest assessment. Are your thoughts often prideful, judgmental, harsh, or unkind toward other people?
Job 10:4 In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
Prideful, judgmental, harsh, and unkind words become tools that kill. They knock the wind out of brainstorming sessions, they suspend creative processes, chip away at self-esteem, and drown out dreams. They start fights and end relationships.
Proverbs 15: 29, 31 The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise.
Confess your prideful and judgmental thoughts. Do not let the harsh and unkind words rest on your tongue to become arrows that kill. Seek the forgiveness of those you have hurt.
Tomorrow is a new day and guess what…?
Ephesians 2:4-5 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.
What’s in your thought bubble?
John 14:2-3 (NIV)
Jesus said this to his believers,
2 “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
I am living for Him so I can partake in His promise.
Who’s with me?
I do not see this flower as the flower it is; I see myself. I often feel ready to bloom – to serve God. But not everything is in place for His will to be done and I find myself sitting idle. Ready. Idle. Ready.
When, Lord, will you use me? When can I share my knowledge of you? It is the desire of my heart to be your vessel. Use me, Lord. Your servant is ready.
John 12:26 Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.