Pulling Out The Stops
“Give us our bread day by day.”
Luke 11:3 (GW)
Squirrels are notoriously crafty and agile in their desire to reach food. Some people go to great lengths to stop them taking bird food from the feeders, while others go to equally great lengths to build a squirrel obstacle course to see what their resident rodent can achieve.
Other creatures, however, can also pull out the stops when the desire for food is great enough. In our garden we do have a squirrel which will do what is necessary to achieve her breakfast, but we also have many interesting birds. One is more unusual than the rest ~ an acrobatic wood pigeon.
A wood pigeon can eat vast quantities of nuts and seeds in one sitting, so to make things more difficult and to give the other birds a chance, my husband moved the feeder. The wood pigeon can no longer reach the nuts from a sitting or standing position.
One pigeon then pulled out all the stops in his determination to reach the nuts. It slid down the curved bracket from which the nut holder dangles on a chain. It then, like many squirrels, tipped itself upside down and proceeded to eat upside down until it fell off. It would then repeat the performance. Not only did it give us a good laugh, we also got an unusual view of its beautiful under belly plumage.
So, are we like the squirrel or the pigeon in our Christian walk? Do we, like the squirrel, use our normal skills and talents, or do we, like the pigeon, move out of our comfort zone to pull out all the stops? Do we have normal hunger pangs for spiritual food or is our desire so great that it has become a craving? “Day by day, ….., Ezra continued to read from the Book of God’s Teachings.” (Nehemiah 8:18)
Dear Father, thank you for Your Word. It is not only a great blessing to us, it is a great privilege to be able to read and understand it. May we be grateful for our daily spiritual food while remembering in our prayers those less fortunate. In Jesus name we thank You.
Study by Ruth Edwards
About the Author:
Ruth Edwards is actively involved in her Worldwide Church of God Bristol congregation, including editing Links, a church magazine for the congregations of the South West and South Wales area.
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