Thursday, January 3, 2008

Hinds' Feet

Yea, so I'm busted. Big Deal.

A squirrel's gotta eat, ya know.

Well, I'd be more inclinced to agree, if I didn't feed them walnuts, almonds, pecans AND squirrel food... My furry friends know me all too well. I actually coaxed this guy out of my bird feeder with more walnuts. A friend from church introduced me to birding, and although I've always loved wildlife and nature, I feel as if I am seeing things for the first time. And having a blast. I'm trying to save the suet for the woodpeckers and nuthatches that have been gracing it. But as I observe wildlife, I am beginning to learn that I cannot micromanage their table manners. So, I sit back and watch my best attempts at wildlife engineering get gobbled up by Starlings. Such is life, no?

So, what's this got to do with Hinds' Feet? Absolutely nothing. That post is still brewing. Tomorrow I start a study of Hannah Hurnard's book "Hinds' Feet on High Places", and I am really looking forward to it. So far, however, I'm disappointed at how I relate to Much Afraid, as she adds up her deficiencies such that they nearly distract her from the Lord's strength, which is made perfect in our weakness. How beautiful it is to relinquish our notion of what we should be or even what we used to be and finally allow God to be fashion us into who He created us to be. How life-giving it is to realize that our imperfections, and our disabilities are no hindrance at all to the Lord. They are merely the proving ground for His glory.

If... we are willing to release the way we wish things were, and accept the way they are. For His glory, allowing His plan to prevail. The areas of my life that disappoint me, through seeking the Lord, can become the areas He brings victory through. As I trust Him to lead me, and bring what's best for me out of the experiences of life and surrender. So the squirrels eat the woodpecker food and the Starlings eat everything else... what's it to me? (So there is a tie in after all...) :)


Jen said...

Love the photos, as usual, and love the SNOW!

Dinah said...

I LOVE it too. This winter is off to a great start!

Nancy said...

You could try using plain suet or suet with hot peppers in it to discourage those cute furry bandits. Also, have you looked at the starlings closely with your binocs? They are beautiful this time of year with their starry spots on a dark background. These will all wear off by spring and they will become drab birds again.

Dinah said...

Hot Peppers??? Really? I'll give that some thought. I have to admit, however, they are rather entertaining. I will take a closer look at the Starlings. Thanks!!