For Lord’s Day, June 6, 2021
As the Scriptures often point us to observe the behavior of animals in creation to apply a spiritual lesson, let me share with you two observations and an overlapping meditation of my own recently.
First, last week at the manse, while I was trimming our grass I was amazed by a bold lizard who kept charging me and wouldn’t be deterred until I lifted my buzzing yard tool and yielded to let him pass. I marveled with Isaac and Gabriel over his fearless tenacity; together we wondered what moved him ever forward straight at my feet and nearer to the danger of being sliced to pieces? Once I stepped aside he immediately went to the sidewalk near the house and gobbled down some unassuming insect. Then he’d scurry across the lawn only shortly to return with the same rugged determination and no fear of we giants standing in his way for another bug.
Yesterday at church I saw the three baby birds who had been nesting in our breezeway now flying as juveniles. They relentlessly attacked a huge locust, taking turns dive bombing him repeatedly across the lawn, swarming and pecking at him. Though it took many waves of attack they never gave up as they chased after the battered pest beyond and around the end of the sanctuary and out of sight. I’m certain the large, brown prey didn’t see the sun set.
So may we hunger after God, His Word, and holy things with an insatiable appetite. And so may we not let anything keep us from tasting and seeing that the Lord is good.
Matthew 5:6: Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.