Thursday, April 29, 2010

Buzzards, Bees, Bats & Deer

A deer came to visit us the other day. He emptied our bird feeder but ignored our hostas. I took a great picture of him so had to find a way to write about it. (I have no pets to display on my blog as a certain other blogger does.)  So here’s the picture.

This time of year with flowers, trees and bushes blossoming and creatures abounding, we see creation at its best. “How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all, the earth is full of your creatures.” Psalm 104:24

God’s creatures get stuck in ways similar to the chained elephant described in a previous blog posted 4-12-10. Place a buzzard in a 6 by 8 foot pen, open at the top, and it will be trapped. Without ten or twelve feet of space to run, it will not attempt to fly. The buzzard will be a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

The ordinary bat cannot take off from a level place. If a bat is placed on flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly until it reaches a slight elevation, then it can throw itself into the air.

A bumblebee, dropped into a tumbler, will try to find a way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.

We are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee. We struggle with problems and frustrations, never realizing we can escape our ruts or traps by looking up and “flying” up. When we pray and seek God’s guidance he helps us leave our comfort zones. We break free from our traps.

What about the deer? Irish Spring soap is embedded in each hosta to ward off deer. I guess we’ll place a bit of the soap in our bird feeder.

All of these are God’s creatures. David wrote about deer, a good prayer for us to pray. “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.” Psalm 42:1

Blessings, Dottie

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