Despite the good intentions behind obtaining a bird feeder years ago it sits empty today. It is noticed regularly, but because of the hustle and bustle of toting kids here and there, gathering groceries or meal prepping, watering plants so they will hopefully come back from the dead or trying to teach Buddy our cocker spaniel how to follow a command without much luck, and a multitude of other things, it usually sits empty.
In an attempt to make things easier a container now sits directly under the feeder, some days, even as I write this I don’t know why I don’t just go and fill it.
This reminds me of certain times in life with God, we all know it is the right thing to read the bible and set aside time to pray and devote time to nurturing the Spirit within. However, some days these tasks seem as if it is too much, like the bird feeder, the best of intentions sometimes lay neglected.
Watching the doves walking around the gardens directly underneath the bird feeder looking to fill themselves with sustenance, they do not notice the now filled container. I am reminded of those times in life where we are a dry desert not realizing that the life giving water is right in front of us.
What exactly is our calling in times such as these? This writer does not have the answers but from somewhere within it screams something we all know deep within that these struggles are not meant to be laid in, seemingly getting cozy in a blanket with hot cocoa and watching a movie forgoing those things that are necessary.
It’s never easy in the desert but as we are assured that simply asking the giver of gifts and life to again ignite the flame that once burned so bright, we would find him faithful.
Written By: Lisa Wooldridge,
Cypress UMC Member & Volunteer