A Big Snow fell on our little coming-up-the-mountain town last week. For once, the storm came during the day. Our community is tired of the storms coming during the night. The snow started falling about 9 a.m. An hour later, our roads were covered. By the afternoon, you couldn’t tell where a road was in our little neighborhood.
The wind blows stronger on our edge of the mountain. I can’t even keep count of the number of umbrella’s felled by the winds coming from the West. I guess a snow storm brings a powerful wind with it. My sons came in to lunch with a rush to their step as they blew through the door. It was a pepperoni roll and Mama’s (Muddy’s) Hot Chocolate Day.
The bird’s felt the wind, too. Some got caught in a hard draft and had to work harder to get their daily quota of seeds.
Imagine eating 1/2 to 1/4 your body weight one seed at a time in a day? (How Much Do Bird’s Eat in a Day)
The storm didn’t deter their work. The Tufted Titmouse, the House Finch and the Black Capped Chickadee, along with other feathered friends, met at the source for their nourishment. Not once did my backyard birds give up their EveryDay Ordinary work in the snow storm! The winds buffeted, the temperature dropped, some birds behaved unkindly, others gave grace and made room in the uncomfortable challenges.
How they faced their challenge made me think of two things. One was how God blesses those who don’t give up in the seemingly EveryDay Ordinary of the daily – whether the sun shines or the storm blows all kinds of mess. Maybe the bird’s song is all the sweeter because they do not give up. . . one seed at a time, 1/2 to 1/4 of their weight, every day in their God-designed Journey. Like each bird’s Song, maybe our story is all the more beautiful when we do not give up.
“So you must be brave.
Don’t give up!
God will honor you for obeying him.”
~ 2 Chronicled 15:7
The cardinals came, along with the Chipping Sparrow and Nut Hatch. The Blue Jay was too cautious to meet at all the feeding places. It picked up the seeds that had fallen to the ground near Holly and Cleveland Pear Trees, distant aloof, keeping to the shadows. Maybe he would be a happier bird if he met more often with his fellow birds at the source of his nourishment.
Besides the importance of Not Giving Up, how the birds faced their challenges made me think of the Importance of Meeting Together. The Meeting Together where they fed made me think of you, of this community where we write and meet, where we come despite the challenges in our individual EveryDay Ordinaries, where we make room for each other, and give each other grace – and where we share the seeds of God’s word to encourage each other in our God-Designed Journeys. My story is better because of the Faith Seeds you share here – God’s seeds shared that give me courage to not give up, not let go. I need 1/4 to 1/2 my body weight in God’s seed daily – from the scripture, from worship, from meeting in our churches to meeting in places those listed in the link-ups below.
No, I didn’t see the wind last week during the storm. But I saw the effects of the wind on our little mountain and how it affected the birds. I didn’t see God, either – but I saw the effects of Him in the storm and in the birds, in my community and outside my community. . . and in my story. In it all, there seemed to be a chorus repeating itself quietly, “Don’t Give Up.” Don’t Give Up on the tasks of the daily. Don’t Give Up on Meeting Together. Don’t Give up on Filling Up with God’s Soul Seeds. The effects of it all can be seen in your story.
Are you letting God be the author of your Story? God is the author of Stories that Don’t Give Up.
“Can you see God?
You haven’t seen him?
I’ve never seen the wind.
I see the effects of the wind,
but I’ve never seen the wind.
There’s a mystery to it.”
~ Billy Graham