I finally gave in last week and bought a bird feeder. I have lots of birds in my backyard, and even had a new family with little “birdlets” this past spring. The cats and I loved watching them come up on the patio and peck for food.
Last week I decided it was time to buy a bird feeder and provide extra nourishment for these beautiful birds. So off to Lowe’s I went, excited to embark on this new journey! I couldn’t wait to get home and fill the feeder with “Welcome Food.”
I hung the feeder on the patio and expectantly watched for the birds to flock to it and partake in this delightful feast. I waited . . . and I waited . . . and I waited. . .
I have yet to see a bird come to the feeder, and it’s now been exactly one week. As I think about it, I haven’t seen any birds this past week anywhere in my backyard. Maybe they’ve all left to fly south, or a neighbor’s food is much more enticing. That bird feeder, filled with delicious (and nourishing) bird feed, has sat untouched since I hung it a week ago.
This morning as I was having my quiet time, I actually saw a cardinal and a blue jay in my backyard. “Finally! Word has gotten out that I’ve got free food for them!” But I waited and watched. The birds never came close to the feeder.
As I pondered this situation and my disappointment, I thought about how God must be disappointed when He offers us food (His Word) that will nourish and satisfy us, but we don’t feast on it. We either ignore it, or glance at it and move on, or we’ve feasted on something less satisfying and aren’t hungry for His food.
It was a good reminder to me this morning as I looked with anticipation at the bird feeder, waiting for the birds to come, only to be disappointed as it hung there untouched. I don’t want to disappoint God each morning as He eagerly waits for me to meet with Him and feast on His Word.
“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.’” —John 6:35
What makes you hungry for God’s Word?
(And if you have any tips for attracting birds to a bird feeder, please share them!)