A LESSON LEARNED
While I was at Starbucks today I got solicited. Not by a homeless person, or a religious sycophant, but by a very darling black bird with yellow eyes. He came up to me- expectantly, and I fed him.
It was at this moment I found my little bird brain thinking- “Oh. So that’s how it is.” Feeding this bird gave me, well- an epiphany. (Ordinarily mind you, I would have been so hurried that I would have actually stepped ON the bird- but a few weeks ago something changed in me, and now I can observe and notice all the sweet little things around me.)
For Christmas, I received an amazing book. I read it to Jeff and in three days- our lives were completely different- what book? Me, Myself, and Bob- by Phil Vischer. This amazing recollection of how Veggitales started, ended and how he dealt with it all- made us both question our lives- and caused me to come back to the Lord and He in return “created” a new me. (I believe I became renewed in my Spirit, and have felt His presence ever since, like never before)
So here was this sweet looking bird at Starbucks – looking me straight in the eye, expectantly. Did I have anything for him? Yes, today, I just so happen to have splurged on a pumpkin scone- yum! Of course my little birdie didn’t know that- Birdie just came to me- as if to say “Hey, you- whatcha doin‘ at Starbucks? Got anything for me?” Here is when I went “Awe, cute birdie- here.” Then I proceeded to throw down some valuable scone crumbs- and he quickly jammed on the chow. After the action I added, “That’s some good crumbs, dude.” (Keeping in mind those sconces aren’t cheap)
Right here- at this point in my birdie repartee- I heard God speak to me and say “That’s how it’s supposed to be, you know. That is how I work.” Yipee! God uses Starbucks!
Seriously, God is me in this analogy. The bird came to me- and as soon as it looked to me for provision, I fed it. Then what happened? IT STUCK AROUND. Yeah, Birdie stayed with me, as long as I was dishing it out- he stayed with me. Not only that- but the little birdies friends started showing up, wanting more! God was showing me through this bird feeding activity, “Look- you are the Light. You have the power within you. If you come to me and seek me out. You will find me. Not only will you find me, but I will feed you. I will feed you My Word. In My Word you will receive all the blessings you need. Food, clothing, shelter, health- everything. Just seek me, and you will find me- and not only that but others will see the blessing in you, and you will draw them unto me.”
Malachi 3:7 “I am God-yes, I Am. I haven’t changed. And because I haven’t changed, you the descendants of Jacob, haven’t been destroyed. You have a long history of ignoring my commands. You haven’t done a thing I’ve told you. Return to me so I can return to you”
See what God is saying in His Word? When we return to Him- the second we do it. He is there- returning unto you! Telling you what you should do- guiding you in your endeavors. Showing you the Way, His Way- and how to get blessed! What next then? How do we lay hold of the bucks needed for our own Starbucks?
It is really very simple. So simple that we most often miss it- WE DON’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING! We don’t have to do anything but seek His face, and He feeds us! Then we become blessed and in turn we lead others to Christ and His blessing.
Matthew 6: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Matt. 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
The Message translation says “Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”
So how do you get the bucks? Steep your life. Engulf your life in God alone. God T.V., Godly books, Godly-rich people. Submerge yourself in His Spirit and His Word. Then, you will begin to see manifest His reality- (imagine for a minute what that would look like- what does God’s kind of reality look like to you?) you’ll begin to receive His kind of God-initiative, you’ll be able to start getting HIS kind of results, and you’ll also receive God’s-provision (how much money does God have? ALL OF IT! His Word says that He owns the cattle on a thousand hills- and that the universe spans the breadth of his hand!). One last scripture, before I sign off to go feed some more birds-
Luke 12:33 “Be generous. Give to the poor. Get yourselves a bank that can’t go bankrupt, a bank in heaven far from bank robbers, safe from embezzlers, a bank you can bank on. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.” In today’s economy don’t we all need a bank we can count on?!
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