“Look at the Ravens. They don’t plant, harvest or store food in barns for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!” - Luke 12:24
One time in a small group session we were studying through the infamous workbook Experiencing God. and it was there that I heard one of the most profound stories of God speaking to someone I have ever heard. The homework for that week was for us to spend time with God by finding a place and time of solitude and speak to God one on one. We let everyone share their experiences, and finally one of my friends shared with us her encounter with God. It was jaw-dropping, so I wanted to share with you her story.
I always enjoy the times when I can sit in my backyard and have my daily devotions. The yard is peaceful, shady and relaxing, with a beautiful lake view, and I have a bird feeder hanging from one of the trees. I love to see the various bird of different species coming to get their daily feed, and one Saturday morning, the Lord unmistakably spoke to me. I have been feeding and watering the birds for several years. These birds have always come because they know they will get fed, but they are afraid of me. They perch on the fence and in the trees in eager anticipation, knowing that their food will be in the feeder, but as soon as they see or sense me approaching the feeder, they all fly away.
The Lord pointed out to me that we as human beings approach Him in the same way. We anticipate, desire, and expect His favor and His many blessings, as long as He offers them from a distance. We prefer not to get too close to Him. He loves us; He wants to be close to us; God wants us to come to Him willingly, and accept all of the good things He has prepared for us. Being the loving father that He is, He prepares the absolute best for his children, but because we are (consciously or unconsciously) afraid of him, we run away when he approaches us. Because of that, we get very little of what truly belongs to us. Yes, we do call on Him when we have a need, but our loving Father knows our needs before we call, and He has already prepared a table before us, just like I prepare feed for the birds before they come.
This was a revelation to me because the parallels are unmistakable, and I am so thankful that He has used the simplicity of daily life to teach me a lesson that I will never forget.” - Dawnette Howard
We all knew God was speaking to all of us in that room, and the entire world as far I am concerned. Well, at least I felt so convicted when she told us her story. It was a reminder of God speaking through His creation that He feeds the birds, and you and I are far more valuable to him than any birds. Do you believe that?
It’s true though, we eat the food he so delightfully gives to us, but any time God comes close we fly away. It’s easy to forget that you have value to God, and therefore Jesus reminds us how unaware we are of God’s sovereign love for us. He thinks about us and cares for us when we fly around not knowing how to care for ourselves. But when He comes to feed us, will you & I let him come close without flying away?