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.
I bet you did this when you were a kid. I say this, because I still see little ones jumping around.
When I was a kid, I had to go places with my parents whether I wanted to or not. That was good parenting; I wasn’t left home to fend for myself. The most popular place we visited was the local grocery store, at least once a week.
I used to ride on the front end of the cart which had me facing mom as she pushed it through the store. I think she preferred me there as opposed to me pushing the cart and ramming it into the back of her ankle, that awfully sensitive Achilles tendon. When I accidentally did that, mom accidentally taught me swear words.
My attention span was short and so was my ride on the cart. I jumped off and began walking with mom.
The floor in the store was patterned with grey and black squares, but to me they were more than just squares. The grey ones were safe to step on, but the black ones contained kid-eating sharks. I knew this to be true because when my mom stepped on a black square nothing happened to her.
I followed my mom up and down the aisles being careful not to get eaten hopping from one grey square to the next.
This reminds me of the Christian walk. Walking daily in joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control – the grey squares; the safest route. Anything that tempts us to sin is found in those black squares placed upon our path.
When Christians walk on the grey squares, it may look odd to non-believers. No worries, the Lord makes straight the path and it becomes more familiar and less awkward.
The next time you go to the grocery store, see if there is a pattern and pick one color to step on. People may look at you strangely, but don’t pay any attention to them. You’re on a mission to learn the Christian walk.
Deuteronomy 5:33 Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.