Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! ~Luke 12:24
Every spring ducks return to the small pond behind our house. It starts with one or two hen and drake mallard couples and quickly multiplies to more with wood ducks joining in as the days grow warmer. The pond becomes quite active out in the shallow blue water and along the shores edge. The shimmering green heads noisily squawk and dash around with wings flapping wildly as they pester one another and fight for their territory. Ducks are very territorial and fight to keep their spot.
Every day my husband brings out a bucket or two of corn to feed them. Our grandkids love to join in on this activity and often do. They throw the corn with all their might to see how far out they can get it into the mucky, dark water. Corn dust flies everywhere and corn kernels land in their hair. Some have thrown so hard that they throw themselves right into that mucky water!
As I watch the ducks return, I can't help but ponder and apply some lessons to my own life.
Year after year they come and they are fed so faithfully. There is always more than enough and they should never worry. The man with the blue bucket filled with tasty morsels returns day after day and their bellies are satisfied. Yet, they fight and squabble to make sure they get their fair share!
And I wonder, "Are we any different?"
God promises to faithfully provide all that we need and yet we fret and fear that we won't have enough. We toil and labor, and strive for more and more. All the while, God must look down and wonder, Why don't they trust that I have more than enough for them? I do not leave them on their own to figure it out. Why can't they just calm down and believe that My hand provides?
"Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!
There is no want to those who fear Him.
The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing." ~Psalm 34:10
His arm is not too short. He is faithful and He is our provider. Rest and trust. Do not fret and do not fear lack. His promises remain and they never change.
Thank You for providing so faithfully for us. We lack nothing. Keep our eyes and our hearts fixed on You. Teach us to trust and to be content whether we have much or we have little. Godliness with contentment is great gain! In Jesus Name