Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Feeding the birds....and such

Do you ever notice the button on my blog "praying for Nate, Mercy, Jame and Isaiah"? They are 4 sibling orphans from Ethiopia who came home to a family in Middle Tennessee today. This is rockin' me. I feel like my feet are not even on the earth right now. I've been lifted up by my goosebumps and I'm just dangling in the air. I'm so happy for these children and their forever family. God has been so faithful, as He always is.

I spent a few hours organizing my Zimbabwe photos yesterday, into photo books to share on Saturday at my open house "show and tell". Please let me know if you want to come. The photos make me long and yearn. I really hope there is a part of Africa in Heaven.

Today as I was driving home from my morning stuff, I drove down a beautiful winding back road and came upon the remnants of some roadkill. This is typical. Normally there are large vulture/buzzard things picking it apart in a grotesque act of devouring carcass. Today, instead of a buzzard, I saw a teeny tiny bird eating the left overs. That struck me as really odd/sad/confusing....whatever. I immediately realized that I have abandoned my birds. I feed them through the spring and summer but when the weather chills and becomes uncomfortable, I abandon it all. The bird feeders reamain in my yard, empty. It disgusted me to realize this. No matter how unworthy I may be, the Lord God never abandons me. And these little worthy birds....they deserve better from me. I fed them today. They don't know yet. I deeply hope they find their food soon. I am so very guilty of assuming that they will be okay even if I don't feed them because I know that they are in God's hands, and I know He provides even for the birds. I don't ever want to be guilty of failing to provide what I can for my fellow man, my neighbor, my family, my friends, strangers, etc. I know that God is in control......but I beg to be a tool used for Him. How am I a tool if I do nothing?

Don't do "nothing". Don't ever be guilty of doing "nothing".

Do something.

Feed the birds.

Offer your hand to your fellow man. Feed a starving child. Encourage anyone you can. Pray...even when you believe God has got it covered....He still wants to hear from you and me. He wants to know that we are relying on Him. He wants to know that we know our prayers are like music to His ears. He wants us to know that talking to Him builds and strengthens our relationship. What is a relationship without words?

Feed the birds.

Give God your words.


Sarah said...

Thank you, Melissa. I love this post.

Pete A. said...

Nicely done; good points, well said.