Sunday, August 18th, 2013
One of the many character qualities I lack is enthusiasm. I’m usually the person who wants to start listing the problems before considering the benefits. Sometimes I become so engrossed in uncovering the negatives that I forget positives could exist. I’ve come to realize that this mindset can hinder relationships and ministries. But, I know God is even more concerned about my character than I am, which is probably why He gave me chickens.
Though chickens are a little shy on brains (there’s a reason why they’re on the bottom of the food chain), they really are fascinating creatures. I still don’t understand why they cackle after they lay an egg. Every time they lay an egg. Loudly. Each hen’s victory proclamation lasts for several minutes, and during the peak laying hours, a veritable “Hallelujah Chorus” broadcasts from the Egg Mobile.
Not only are the hens enthusiastic about their career, they really enjoy their food. Mom, Dad, and I have consumed more than our usual number of July/August melons simply because it’s so fun to watch the chickens demolish the rinds.
The examples could go on, but, in short, our chickens are enthusiastic about life, and they don’t waste time worrying about their future after egg-laying. I think God gave me chickens to remind me that I can enjoy the life He has planned for me. Even when I don’t understand the trials, or could picture more favorable circumstances, I can rejoice that God’s ways are higher than mine and that He cares for me. Jim Elliot said, “Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” I think it’s about time for another watermelon!