Saturday, May 5, 2012

A Little Flutter, A Lot of Thud

Every morning a robin stalks my neighbor’s basement window. First he flutters close to it, contemplating his task. Then he charges, an action which invariably ends with a thud. But he remains undaunted. After a few more tries and a few more thuds, he finally flies away. Yet he always returns the next morning.  

Too often we can be like that stubborn bird. We bang our heads against the “window” trying to get something that’s beyond our reach. The “glass” stops us time after time. Sometimes it’s God putting the glass in our way. He knows that what we want isn’t good for us, so He uses obstacles and hindrances to slow our pace and get our attention. He puts barriers to protect us from what we think we want, and to free us to pursue better things.

I am learning that although I may think something is good for me, it may not be. And if God says it’s not, He knows what He’s talking about. He gives us boundaries for our own protection and well-being, and those boundaries are found in His word. Deuteronomy 10:13 encourages us to keep His commandments which are given for our good, and we can be assured that “His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3 NKJV).

The glass is there for a reason. We may furiously flutter and continually bang our heads against the glass, but God won’t budge. He is looking out for our best interests, for our joy and our inner soundness. He knows the abundant blessings He has in store for us, if we seek Him and walk in His ways instead of our own. So let’s fly straight to His arms and trust Him that He knows best! His “no” to one thing is usually a “yes” to something better.

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