9th July 2012

Our Priorities

“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathise with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Hebrews 4:15-16 (NKJV UK)

At last a day without rain! Now I can cut the grass before it becomes too long to handle. So out with the lawn mower and I began. After only two lines, down and up, the collection barrow was full. When I returned from the recycling bin, there was my local robin perched on the mower eying the area I’d just cut, and then eying me. What was I going to do?

Well, I froze. Give him time, I reasoned, to collect his dinner from the insects I’d disturbed. He flew down and grabbed something in his beak, then flew back again. He was within two feet of me, without any fear.  I could clearly see his individual feathers ruffling in the breeze. This back and forth went on for some time. Meanwhile the lawn was not being cut. Eventually I said to him, “Come on, little fellow. I can’t stand here for the rest of the afternoon waiting for you. Anyway, once I’ve finished cutting the lawn, you’ve have the whole area to search for dinner, not just a couple of strips.”

With another look directly at me, he took the hint and disappeared into the hedge. And I cut the rest of the grass.

I sometimes wonder if we are like that little robin to our wonderful Father in Heaven. He has a plan to execute, as I planned to cut my grass. But the robin—and often we—have other ideas based on what we consider more important. Not that we will delay our Father. Everything he does is on time and in perfection. But from time to time we petition with matters of prime importance to us, as my robin saw his dinner that day of prime importance to him.

And what does God do? He isn’t so important, busy with affairs of the universe, that he brushes our requests aside. He freezes for the moment, as it were, listens and answers. Parents know the situation. They have their plan all mapped out for the day, but their little Lucy or Jake falls over and cuts his leg, and those plans are put on hold while they comfort and minister to the child. That assumes prime importance for the moment. We don’t delay God, but he does always take time to listen to us. We are his children and his care for us is daily, patient, compassionate and infinite.

Most merciful Father, however long we have been Christians, we still find the idea of your patience, compassion and mercy towards us difficult fully to grasp. Surely as God of the universe our petty problems are of little interest to you? Not so, you assure us. So thank you that you don’t think as we do, and that you love us so. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by John Stettaford

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One Response to “9th July 2012”

  1. Jonathan Buck on July 16th, 2012 5:56 pm

    Thank you (and the robin) for your Day by Day article. It brought tears to my eyes. I’m printing it out and putting it on my notice board as a wonderful reminder.of the God who freezes! Like you, I mould my actions in the garden to the wildlife, meaning, in my case, not trimming bushes with birds nesting in them. But one bush this year had the same nest used twice by two different broods of robins, and the bush is now an overgrown mess! But if we do that for wildlife, what does God do for us?

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