I looked and I saw?
Chickens out in the rain, puddles up to the knees, squawking as only very wet, miserable chickens can.
Had they no sense?
Why didn’t they head for their nice cosy hen house?
Puzzled, I reached for trusty waterproof with a hood, someone needed to get those silly hens in, and if it had to be me, it had to be me.
At iiii shhh ooo. At iiii shhh ooo!
That’s when I realised I had flu, just as the hands of Jesus reached down to pick me up and tuck me under his arm.
“No not you. I want you for something else today”
Does this ring true to you? Are you the one who sees the plight of others first, before you see your own?
Well, I can only say on reflection the Lord sees and notices every single thing you do. He cares about the chickens out in the rain. Of course He does. He shakes his head in sympathy and understands each perplexed, ‘what do I do now, what’s the right way to go cluck.
After all, “the Son of Man has come to seek and save that which was lost”
Most of us, at times feel lost. Even those who have been ‘found’ a long time .. we can feel we need to know the way to go next. Yes, we may well know every cobble in the farm road, every step to the hen house and barn. We may know, as wise-birds, exactly what to do when it rains on everyone’s parade.
But do we know our God cares about us?
Knows we are willing to be pushed to the limit for those rainy day chickens, and to shoo them into the warmth of a dry shelter, to wholesome food and drink.
Yes He does know these things and yet, there is still something, which we can’t put our finger on… the something else, that thing which He wants us to do for Him today.
That puzzling, something else – may be quite different to what we did yesterday – it may be the last thing we would ever choose for ourselves – the last thing we would want to do, or want to be.
We did not choose you Lord Christ;
But you chose us.
We cannot choose what we do,
If there is something else,
You would have us do-
We have to choose aright,
As you would have it.
Lord, show us what you would have us do
To do for you, today and every day:
Give us each day our Daily Bread,
Fresh and new:
Let our food be to do God’s will,
Together with you,
Reading: Luke 19:10
Prayer: my own
The picture described given on rainy Saturday 12th October