Monday, February 1, 2010

Dinner's Ready!

They returned today. Birds of all varieties filled the trees, each waiting for its turn at the feeder. Beautiful birds. Colorful birds. Downy woodpeckers, cardinals and chickadees. Our feeder has remained empty for quite some time. Once filled, it took our bird-friends a few days to realize they could feast in our neck of the woods once again. The promise of nourishing see awaits each bird that chooses to eat.

Our feeder, chock-full of tasty seed, reminds me of God’s Word, ready to provide sustenance to all who will come and partake. Jesus invites us, “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst” (John 6:35; KJV). His ‘feast’ will truly bring nourishment and satisfaction to our souls.

Even as our feathered friends have access to our feeder day and night, we also have access to our Heavenly Father anytime. We have a standing invitation from our Savior to come boldly to His throne of grace, “…that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). Unlike businesses that maintain set hours, the Bible shares numerous accounts of those who cried out to God before and 'after hours.’ “Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord:” (Lamentations 2:19). The prophet, Isaiah, sought God at both ends of the spectrum. “With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early:” (Isaiah 26:9).

What do you stand in need of today? Hope, encouragement, direction? Do you hear Him calling your name? Pull up a chair at God’s ‘table’ and let His Word rejuvenate your soul! You won’t go hungry!

“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him” (Psalm 34:8).


  1. I love that hymn, Taste and See. Thanks for reminding me of it. We're still sitting in snow here, so not too many birds back, but hoping to see them soon.

  2. I love birds. There's a neat viewing room in a Toledo park where you can see such a variety of birds.

    Today, I'm feeling great. Just basking in a good day!

  3. Ive been reading His word every morning before rising and what a difference it makes when I have verses to feed on during the day:)

  4. I love that verse! Beautiful! Thanks, Maria!

  5. Isn't God good? I love all the lessons we see in nature. Hello, I'm from "It's A Loveless World" and have been meeting fellow bloggers from the KJV Directory. It's been nice meeting you. Come visit us some time. God bless.

  6. He is good! Love that scripture too.
    Thanks and blessings,

  7. I like this comparison, we also have a bird table and I enjoy watching the variety of birds coming to feed. I definitely can go to the Word anytime. Good post. Bless you. xxx

  8. Another encouraging post Maria! Feasting on God's word is such a privilege. Thanks for the reminder:)

  9. Beautiful and encouraging! Thank you.

  10. Oh Maria, such a wonderful wonderful word today. My soul is so satisfied in the Word. It contains all that I need and I know all that I will ever need.
    I am amazed at the Word of God. It so fills my deepest longing.

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


  11. Judith - Thanks for the sweet comment! Hoping your snow melts quickly and the birds return to your feeders. They're so much fun to watch! God bless!

  12. Jill - Glad you're having a good day! That observation room @ the Toledo park sounds amazing. I had a hard time narrowing down a picture for this post because there were so many good ones! God bless!

    Terri - You're absolutely right that beginning the day with Bible reading and prayer makes such a difference. I can definitely notice the difference when I don't make time for it...It's not a good difference either!! Thanks for sharing!:)

    Kristen - Continuing to pray for you as you transition into your new position!! God bless!

    Keith & Julie - Welcome! So glad you stopped by! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to checking out your site! Come back often! God bless you, too!

    Karen - It is an awesome verse, isn't it? Thanks for always dropping by! God bless!

    Raymonde - What kind of birds do you see in London? Are they the same as the state-side birds? I, too, am glad that we can run to God's Word at anytime! What a blessing! Blessings to you and your family!

    Dorothy - What a 'feast' it is! Thanks for stopping by and God bless you abundantly!

    Jessica - Thanks for the words of encouragement! They mean more than you know! God bless!

    Vickie - His Word is life-giving and life-sustaining. It's exactly what I need every day! Thank you so much for sharing, and may God show you a glimpse of His glory today, my friend! Blessings!

  13. We have noticed the birds also. Time to get those bird feeders out. We especially enjoy the hummingbirds, although we have not seen them yet.
    Yes, we need to feed on The Word and get our souls fed. The "Come boldly" catches my eye.
    It's like the Lord is saying "Come on anyway, even if you feel unworthy. You are not presuming one me. I know everything! Just want to hear from you."

  14. Aliene - Thanks for sharing! I love hummingbirds! I'm so thankful that the Lord bids us to come. It's amazing to think that He loves us so much that He desires a close relationship with us.

    God bless you!! :)

  15. Maria, these are beautiful words. Thanks so much for encouraging us to go to the Word once more. He truly does welcome us!