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Fruit Salad

I have two bird feeders in my garden, placed where we can watch birds while we are eating breakfast. One is a nifty cage that holds exactly one slice of bread and the other, a wooden pole with spikes and a platform for fruit.

Every morning I take out a slice of bread and check whether I need to replace the apple. Yesterday I saw there was no bread and no fruit for the birds. I had only one apple left so I gave the birds half and I ate the rest.

This morning, much to my surprise, this is what I saw. My apple is the green one on the left.

There was another whole apple, bits of apple, a halved plum, a grenadilla and two lychees. It was a bird fruit salad. It will be a long time before the birds are finished with all that bounty.

I could almost hear the Lord say, “I will provide.” Now that my husband and I are on pension, I do sometimes worry about money. Will we be able to maintain our 20-year-old motorhome? Will be still be able to go on holiday?

The bird fruit salad was a good reminder to me that God has infinite resources. When I entrusted my life to Christ, I trusted Him to provide for me. His provision is not miserly, but overflowing, generous, prodigal. There is no reason to think that, just because we are no longer working, God has ceased to be our Provider.

I suspect my granddaughters were involved in spreading a feast for the birds. Of course, the birds don’t know that, any more than we know how God will provide. But He will.

Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matt.6:25-26.)

This post is part of JusJoJan. Thanks to Linda Hill for running this challenge.

The Scraggly Bishop

“Day by day, dear Lord, of thee three things I pray: to see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, follow thee more nearly, day by day.”

These words are attributed to Richard, Bishop of Chichester, 1253.

Richard was an impoverished orphan who became a small-town parson. Preaching and counselling were particular gifts of his and his fame soon spread. Against the wishes of King Henry III, Richard was consecrated as Bishop of Chichester. The king wouldn’t allow him to enter the cathedral or the bishop’s palace so for two years, he wandered around his diocese with bare feet and scraggly hair. He lived very simply on the charity of his flock.

Even when the quarrel with the king was patched up and Richard moved into the bishop’s palace, he continued to live almost as a beggar, fasting often and sleeping on the floor.

His words have echoed down the centuries, inspiring Christians like me. They became popular in 1971 in the musical, Godspell.

Today, I would like to make them the basis of my prayer.

Lord Jesus, I would like to know you better, to understand your heart. I would like to love you more and more each passing day and follow you more closely every day of my life. Amen.

This post is part of JusJoJan