Monday, March 21, 2011

Gifts Outside My Window

I look out my window and see that this is a beautiful day! The morning sun is warm, a hint of breeze moves leaves on the trees, birds call and sing to each other. This is a morning during which I watch mothers as they take their babies for a walk in the fresh air.

Babies are marvelous! It’s wonderful to see these tiny people, new and pure to the world, with literally their entire lives ahead of them. It’s staggering for a parent to think of days and years to come, and of what potential will unfold and be realized within their child.

More staggering, though, is the fact that God knows, right now, who they will become as they grow! He created their very being and holds the Plan for their life.

These infants remind me that He also knows every one of us, right now, even better than we know ourselves. So how can I not trust Him nor depend on Him? Nothing I do or say or think is of any surprise to Him. He created me, He understands me, and knew all about me before I was even born!

For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalms 139:13,14

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Gifts Outside My Window

A florist’s van drove up, parked just down from my window, and a man emerged carrying a long pink box tied with a big red bow. Now, every girl knows what that means – someone is getting flowers!

I love flowers with their delicate beauty and soft fragrance. In springtime and summer, especially after it rains, you can see so many blossoms touch color to the land. Some of my favorites are the cactus blossoms. I never cease to be amazed that a prickly, threatening cactus – a plant indigenous to an arid, sandy desert – can produce such lovely flowers!

Jesus has been likened to the Rose of Sharon. Sharon is actually a plain along the Mediterranean coast and known for its beautiful foliage. I imagine flowers there are pleasing and beautiful, but I’m sure not near as pleasing and beautiful as my Lord. From cactus blossoms to fields of wildflowers to The Rose of Sharon – how I love flowers!

The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy .... They will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God.

Isaiah 35:1,2

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Gifts Outside My Window

It is time to make more nectar for the hummingbirds. Their feeder is empty and they noisily voiced their disapproval and their hunger earlier this morning. Hummingbirds, though small, require 155,000 calories each day. In comparison, a 170-pound man needs 3,500 calories. So, when these birds come to my window for breakfast, they want to be fed!

When I’m hungry, I can get something from my kitchen. But when I’m hungry for the Lord, I turn to His Word and find nourishment. I am only a growing child of God, so I need His teachings in abundance to help me mature.

The food in my kitchen is limited. Just like the hummingbird feeder outside my window, it can sometimes run empty. But God’s Word is a constant, never-ending supply of spiritual sustenance. The Lord knows how much I need to grow in Him, and He never fails to provide.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Matthew 5:6