Each Monday at 1 pm I meet with our “prayer team”. It’s a very small group, seldom more than 3 or 4, and we’d love to welcome any of you who would like to join us. We always begin with a devotion. I’d like to just share with you last week’s devotion. (It comes from God’s Little Devotional Book, page 120.)
Hard work means nothing to a hen.
Regardless of what business prognosticators say about the price of eggs . . .
regardless of what others expect of her . . .
regardless of fluctuations in the commodities market . . .
she keeps on digging worms and laying eggs.
If the ground is hard, she scratches harder.
If it’s dry, she digs deeper.
If it’s wet, she digs where it is dry.
If she strikes a rock, she digs around it.
If she gets a few more hours of daylight in the barnyard, she digs a few more hours.
Have you ever seen a pessimistic hen?
Have you ever seen a hen cackle in disgust at the prospect of her job?
Did you ever hear one cluck because the work was hard, the conditions were poor,
and some of her eggs were taken from her before they were hatched?
Hens save their breath for digging.
They save their cackles for the eggs that are laid.
Perseverance. That’s an important word for followers of Jesus. “And the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance” (Luke 8:15)