Be careful what you ask for

Published 10:45 am Wednesday, February 27, 2019

There is a pond behind my children’s home containing birds of many different colors and sizes. I absolutely love watching the geese swim and play, the ducks bobbing up and down, and all the other birds flying about. When they would come in the yard my daughter would run them out of the yard. I was new to the area and was fascinated by the birds so I asked her not to do that, to leave those beautiful birds alone, they are not hurting anybody, but she said you don’t know them like I know them, they will make a mess. I said, “girl leave those birds alone, I enjoy watching them,” so she left them alone.

A few days later I went outside and it was a mess in the yard. Bird feces was everywhere! Let me tell you — geese are something else. My daughter didn’t say too much, but her look said I told you so. I didn’t say too much, I just went back in the house so I could do my puzzle book but I said to myself that I should have listened when she told me they would make a mess. It would have saved my daughter from having to go outside and get the yard together.

I also started thinking that the same way I thought I knew better than my daughter, is the same way we treat God. If we are willing to listen, we would hear God telling us that something is either right or wrong but a lot of us (including me) choose to believe we know what is best instead of putting it in the Masters’ hand. Prov. 3 Verses 5-6. 5: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6: In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Our God is an amazing God! He is the type of God that no matter what, he is there for you. He will support you, He will soothe you, He will love you.

Our God is amazing, and when I think of His goodness and His grace, I can’t help but smile. Although the birds created a mess in the pond, they are a thing of beauty. God gives us so many wonderful things in life to enjoy. Things that don’t cost you anything, just beauty for all to see. I still love the birds, I still enjoy watching them but when they start to come in the yard I yell, “shoo, shoo,” because I remember what my daughter said and what I witnessed with my own eyes, they can create a mess!

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