At one point if I had walked out into a yard and saw a chicken running toward me I would have turned and ran or got a big stick (I think I could be a pretty good aim). Yet, now when I walk out of my back door and I have five chickens and two roosters running for me I know it is because they like me (it is actually because they like me to feed them…but a girl can imagine right). We meet in the middle of the yard and they follow me back to the pen clicking and clacking all the way. We discuss things like if they were really good chickens they would lay eggs in their egg boxes and NOT poop in them. Seriously, I had no clue how much poop could come from a chicken.
So those mornings that I walk outside and these vicious creatures start running toward me, may it be a reminder. May it remind me to hate what God hates. May it remind me to look at all the "stuff" that we possess. Are they God's blessings in our lives or is it caused by the sin I am harboring. As I enter the chicken coop may I be reminded that I can't clean all this mess up by myself. I need the master cleaner who is Jesus Christ. There is no way I can remove the stains that have been left by my sin but He can make me whiter than snow. He is good to me. He will not allow me to wallow in this mess. He loves me enough to reveal this sin so that together with my submission to his will I can once again find the peace and true rest that he offers.
Revelations 3:3 Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again... 15 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! 17 You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked...... 19 I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.n. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.