I had the opportunity today to watch a hawk in our backyard. He was obviously hungry and intent on finding his next meal. His eyes were focused and drawn to the slightest movement on the ground. Then, it happened; he made his move! Diving, he accurately set aground on his prey of choice. However, the lucky lizard wiggled free from his grip and quickly disappeared. Unsuccessful, the hawk returned to his post on the fence – empty-taloned and still hungry! The hunt began again…
Have you ever been really hungry while on the road, but in an unfamiliar place? You want to eat in order to silence the gnawing groans coming from your belly, but each exit lacks a suitable restaurant for your tastes and/or budget. Does this stop your pursuit? No, it actually makes you more desperate in your attempt to eat.
Hunger has a way of elevating our search for food to high alert! This is how it should be as we read each morning. God’s Word tells us in Jeremiah 15:16 –
Your words were found, and I ate them,
and your words became to me a joy
and the delight of my heart,
for I am called by your name,
O Lord, God of hosts.
What a meal the Lord has provided for us. Sometimes it feels like fast food, yet other times it is the richest feast with the choicest foods! Regardless of how it feels (or we feel for that matter!) – His Word provides much needed nourishment for our life and growth in godliness. May I encourage to continue nibbling, eating and feasting on God’s Word. No matter how much we take we are promised that it will not return void but it will accomplish all that God intends!
I bet that hawk wishes he had such a guarantee! Wait!! Now that I think of it he does:
Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! Luke 12:24
P.S. I still haven’t heard from most of you about your journey so far! Please comment by going to the earlier post titled: “Time For A Tune Up!”
Great story and application of it. Did you photograph this hawk? Good job.
Hey Warren, Thanks so much for your encouragement and no, I didn’t take the picture you see of the hawk – I found it online. Have a great day!
I am really loving this journey, I have always given up before this in the past but reading some from the New and some Old is very helpful. I also like doing Hebrews with the pastor and Raymond Brown. It is amazing how they each bring different things to think about that I never would have gotten from the passage. I also like doing it each week which keeps me from putting it down and not finishing it. Finally, I really want to thank you Debi for your road trip pictures and journey notes. They have been a real blessing and inspiration for me! ThanksSharon Van Velzen
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