Joy In Nature: Independence

Chickens do not come from cookie-cutter molds. They each have a personality and temperament all their own. We can find Joy in nature and learn from the independence of chickens.

As I was sitting in the pen of my half-grown baby chicks, there were several that wanted to be close to me while others were beyond arm’s reach doing their own thing. The explorers were self-centered, interested in their own activities and ideas of fun. The ones close to me wanted to sit on my knees, having their feathers stroked, talking to me as I talked to them. They were clearly community-centered.

Scary Noises = No Joy In Nature

Our neighbors across the fence own, repair, and sell heavy industrial equipment. The engines rumble in a menacing way, vibrating the ground. It had been quiet all morning but then the big scary machines started huffing and puffing like the “Big Bad Wolf” in the story The Three Little Pigs. Needless to say my little feathered friends were terrified

Seeking Refuge

Luke 13:34 says,

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how often I wanted to gather your children together, like a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it!”

As my little flock cowered beneath me, the Lord spoke to my mind saying, “YOU only come to me when life is scary. I have so much more for you if you would only hang out with me more frequently.”

Embracing The Truth = Joy in nature

It was true. It is human nature to ignore God when things are going well, and when we are comfortable. I had to confess my frequent lack of desire to know Him more. I may think I don’t need to be close to God, but when life gets scary if forces me back to the truth. God is not only our refuge (Psalm 62:8) but He must also be our daily strength.

I pray that you will also find joy in nature and embrace the truth about independence.

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