We have eight laying hens (along with a plucky bantam rooster named Speck, pictured below).
I’ve written about them in the past, when they were darling little fluffballs like this:
Today, the newest members of the flock are about a year old, and they look like this:
As they are molting, they are a bit scruffy right now – not quite as appealing as when they were hatchlings. Back then, I delighted in watching them as they took power naps, faces planted in their food dish. I cooed at them as they cheeped at me. I marveled at their flocking instincts and took pictures when their adult feathers started coming in.
Now, because my daughter takes care of the chickens on a daily basis, they are lucky to get a visit once a week from me, when I restock their grit and oyster shells, which they need for their digestion and overall health. I brush them aside to get to their bins, and then, duty done, I lock up the coop and move on to other responsibilities. Unless something goes wrong with them, they get no special attention from me anymore.
How glad I am that to God, we don’t lose our appeal as my chickens have for me! He finds us as fascinating and dear as the moment he created us.
Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee. – Isaiah 43:4
God is interested in us every moment of every day, and he knows us better than we know ourselves.
But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore. – Luke 12:7a
Our God does not care for us out of obligation, but out of compassion. How reassuring to know that we never need doubt the sincerity of his feelings for us! He never takes us for granted. Nothing, not even time or our own actions, can change his steadfast love.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38, 39
What reminds you of the love of God in your day-to-day life? I look forward to hearing from you.