This morning I woke up to a different tune as the birds song came drifting through the screen of my patio door. Listening intently it struck me that it wasn’t as sweet sounding as it was the day before. In fact, it sounded more like complaining.
I imagined the birds feeling a little like this…”Great, another hot day and my nest happens to be in the direct sunlight! Oh, right! It’s Thursday which means that ugly old guy is going to come by and blow on my house with that long stick of his and mess things up! Dust everywhere, leaves everywhere and noise! There will be no rest for me! Must I listen to my little guys chirping all day wanting more food and all of my attention? Oh, I wonder if my birdies daddy plans on bringing dinner home or if I am going to have to go out and get it myself…and the crows! Must I have them swooping down on my nest all day attempting to snatch up my little guys destroying all I’ve so proudly toiled over for my family. All the rodents out there and they want what I have, can’t they go somewhere else for breakfast! Looks like another day of protecting my young and dodging the attacks of the enemy. Oh…look over there across the treetops, the grass appears to be greener on the other side…I wonder if I’d be happier over there…”
It reminded me of a commercial (see the link below) and how we tend to think what others have might bring us more happiness in life. Thoughts of having it all or having more can distract us and take us to a place where we no longer consider the risk of being disrespectful or losing what we love. Hard fact but we’re faced with the decision to be content with what God has provided to us every day as we look across our tree tops.
Even Abraham and Lot faced this dilemma as they looked across the land of the Jordan Valley. (Genesis 13:1-18) What looked like having it all to Lot and his need for more ended up being his downfall and brought Lot and his family so much loss and sorrow. If only they would have been content with what God had provided them at that moment and time. May we be mindful of how Greener…Bigger…are not always better.
Most People Don’t Know What They Want…But it is something different from what they have.