Take His Hand and Handle
It is 6:30 pm and I am sitting at my desk, looking out my
window, trying to collect my thoughts after a hectic day.
My day was not a busy one, as to serving the public, but one
filled with a number of stressful situations that needed dealing
with. Many of them did not relate to my own actions, but with
those outside my business and family life.
Then my husband said, "Why do these things happen to
us. We worked hard all day, but we always seem to catch it
...?" After being able to express these things, I felt
better. There is something about letting it all out that relieves
stress. Along with this, it gave me a fresh outlook, so I
could go on with the things at hand.
As the sun slowly dipped behind the mountains, and the clouds
reflected the setting sun, I began to feel refreshed and relaxed.
By this time, my husband, Richard, was sitting on the couch,
watching the evening news, where I would shortly join him.
Earlier, he had felt a need to release tensions and choose
to mow the lawn, hopefully for the last time.
The peaceful scene of my back yard always portrays to me
the wonders of God's hand. The sunflowers that grew from seeds
which fell from the bird feeder; the nuthatch and chickadees
that visit my feeder on a regular basis; the hundreds of shades
of green from the Lord's pallet, such as the new growth on
our scotch pine tree. In this atmosphere, I am able to purge
out the stress of the day, and be refreshed with the peace
that always comes as I wait upon the Lord. In this freshness
of spirit, I often find answers to those perplexing problems
that had caused stress during the day.
Earlier this year, I rejoiced as my first batch of baby bluebirds
took flight. I had watched their progress as I would my own
children; everyday checking the nest from the time the eggs
were laid to that special day of graduation. When the mother
bluebird laid new eggs in the same house, I was overjoyed.
I began telling my customers that we would have yet another
four bluebirds leave the nest. The Lord had truly blessed
us with these little wonders of His Kingdom ... but I had
spoken too soon.
I had checked the nest and all was well. The baby bluebirds
were all feathered out and in a few days would take wing.
The parent birds waited as I checked with their approval.
Richard and I were taking the next day off to visit Niagara
Falls. After returning, I noticed other birds flying close
to the nesting box. Upon inspection, I found the roof on the
ground, along with blue feathers. The nest was empty! I was
heart broken. When replacing the roof, I had not tightened
the screw that held it in place. Now, I would have to tell
everyone that I was to blame.
I had accepted from God the gift of the bluebirds, but I
began to take their safety for granted. In my haste, I failed
to tighten down the screw, which became a death sentence for
Are you taking a gift from God for granted? Are you doing
your part by taking His hand to continually lead the way?
Thank Him for His gifts and every day blessings. He will take
the stresses of life from us, as we enjoy His manifold provisions
in our behalf.