Perch on the Rock

Presumably, you subscribed to Window on the Word for meaty monthly devotionals and I don’t want to clutter your inbox with anything less. Yes, I realize I just sent the March devotional yesterday. However, since it’s April 1st, I thought I could break radically from the mold and share something brief that God showed me just this morning about Himself. So, if you’d like to have one more tiny glimpse of God today, read on.Driving about this morning I noticed a gleaming blackbird, brandishing his shoulder stripes of crimson and bright yellow, poised silently on a knee-high rock. (Knee-high to people, not the bird.) From this bird’s-eye perch he was surveying his world. Weeds 3 feet high swayed in the breeze and surrounded him, but because he choose to sit atop the rock he rose above them to see clearly. Perhaps he saw sources of nourishment or was taking advantage of his elevated position to watch for predators.

It’s the same for us, if we choose to plant our lives firmly on the Rock of Jesus Christ and His Word. We’re surrounded by bad weeds in the world, but sit on the rock of God’s Word each morning and we can see  more clearly thoughout our day. We, too, will see sources of spiritual nourishment — opportunities for fellowship, applications of God’s Word, moments of prayer or experiences of His Presence — that build us up to face the day. Standing high atop the rock we, too, are better equipped to watch for predators desiring to thwart the work to which  God calls us and take appropriate evasive action.

God puts the Rock there — available to all of us. That wise old bird was taking time in his morning to sit still in the Presence of the Rock. How often have I been so intent on flying off into the busyness of my day that I acted like a birdbrain and refused to take time to sit still in the Presence of the Rock?

Verses to Ponder:

Be still and know that I am God… (Psalm 46:10)

Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than the birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? (Luke 12:24-25)

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