Out of Reach


Do you sometimes think that God is just out of reach from your prayers? Or maybe that the answer is there but you just can’t quite see it?

I love having a bird feeder outside the bay window where my computer sits. Recently my attention to the feeder lapsed and it sat empty for about a week. I noticed the birds were no longer interested in the aesthetics of the bird feeder alone, they like for something to actually be in it!

After refilling it with sunflower seeds, I have been awaiting the return of the birds. But three days later they still have not returned. I’m sure they are feeding at one of my neighbor’s back yards and have completely forgotten about my generosity.

Today there was a cardinal. I heard him before I saw him. The sun was just coming up and I heard his distinctive chirping. He was bright red in the early sunlight. Scratching around UNDER the feeder. Then flying up to a perch just ABOVE the feeder. But never going TO the feeder. So, he didn’t stay long although there was a delicious feast right above his head.

And I wondered if our blessings are that way? We pray and search and pray more and so often the richest blessings are within reach. We just regard them as out of reach.

But in my distress I cried out to the Lord yes, I cried to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry reached his ears. ~2 Samuel 22:7

I am confident that God hears and answers all of our prayers. I am not confident that we are always observant enough to recognize His work.  Perhaps a good prayer for us would be, “Open my eyes, Lord, to what you have placed before me already.”

Thanks for reading, John.


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