For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12: 34 NIV
My husband regularly sets a beautiful table. It’s not your usual table covered with a cloth and filled with dishes, silverware, glasses, and condiments. This one is on our back deck and displays a variety of unusually shaped bird feeders—some plastic, others metal, some small and others extra large. Each is filled with a variety of different kind of seeds. Jim also sets out suet.
Our state bird, the gold finch, frequently visits our deck for a snack. Red-winged blackbirds, red poles, sparrows, doves, and cardinals also stop quite often for a meal.
It’s fun to watch the different tactics of each species. The small birds peck a little at a time, and seem to be in no hurry, while the larger birds swoop in, gobble up the seeds and quickly fly away. With so many winged friends dining with us, Jim often has to fill the feeders daily.
God sets an even more beautiful table. Throughout the Bible, He offers us a splendid variety of spiritual food for our souls—simple truths for beginners who, like the small birds, need messages that are easily digestible without rushing, and deeper treasures for more seasoned Christians to savor. Regardless of the level of our spiritual growth, there’s always plenty of food for everyone.
Once you start to taste the food that God has to offer, you’ll want to return frequently for more substantial food. The words you absorb from the Bible will stay with you longer than normal nourishment. You will discover they give you strength to deal with whatever situations come your way.
Why is it that we always find time to feed our bodies, often gobbling up more than we should, but somehow don’t concentrate on nourishing our spirits?
If Jim and I get excited when birds visit our feeders, and we get disappointed when they don’t come, God must feel the same way about us. He must smile when we regularly open the Bible and feast on His words. But He must be sad when we get busy and forget to spend time with Him.
Set aside time to surprise God with an unexpected visit. He’ll be happy, and you’ll be blessed.
Fran has had over two-hundred devotions and poems published in numerous devotional booklets and Sunday School papers. Her writing has also been included in over a dozen book compilations. Fran enjoys encouraging writers and has led her writers’ group for the past nineteen years. She creates her own holiday greeting cards, incorporating her poetry. Fran has been married to her husband Jim for fifty-two years. They have five married sons and nine grandchildren.