22nd April 2018

Blessings From the Sky 

“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.”
Psalm 37:25 (NIV UK)

While I know a lot of people who love the birds in their garden, I also know that it’s rare for their feelings of affection to be reciprocated. But for eight-year-old Gabi Mann of Seattle, Washington, it isn’t rare. In fact, it’s an everyday reality. Over the past few years, she has befriended the crows that come to her family’s garden, making sure to feed each individually. And in return, the crows have begun to bring her gifts: everything from pieces of smooth glass, to buttons, beads, and even lost pieces of jewellery. It’s an odd assortment of items, but to Gabi this collection of treasures is more precious than gold. Now, while Gabi is certainly rare in her relationship with her local flock of birds, she isn’t the first person who’s been brought something precious from the sky.

In the book of first Kings, God warned the prophet Elijah that a famine was coming to Israel, and told him to leave the city and go out to the desert. While he was there, God promised him something special: “You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there” (1 Kings 17:4).

And sure enough, that’s exactly what happened. While Elijah was out in the middle of nowhere, Scripture tells us that “The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening…” (1 Kings 17:6).

Stop and imagine that for a second. During a famine, Elijah was led by God to walk out into the middle of the desert, where nothing grows and where he was far away from all food sources—and he was told that his food supply will arrive by raven. I’m sure even Elijah thought that sounded unlikely! But then, sure enough, it happened like clockwork, and every morning and every evening a flock of ravens brought him his food. While it isn’t surprising to me that God provides—he is our Father, after all—what can be surprising, is how that provision arrives. Scripture is full of more stories of provision just like Elijah and the ravens.

So I want to encourage all of us this week to look at the ways that God has blessed us unexpectedly. Where has his grace arrived in your life that was remarkable and extraordinary? And where has his abundance been found where you least expected it?

You might be surprised to find out! 

Prayer
Gracious Father, in this life we can take so much for granted. But when we stop and take just a moment to reflect, there are so many ways we are blessed every day; not just with food, but with everything that we need. Help us to appreciate how you help us daily. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen
 

Study by Joseph Tkach

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About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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