Help Them Embrace Change
I still love the Martins that come to nest at our house every year. I love their chatter, even their busy-ness.
But I noticed something cutting grass this week: When I drive towards their nests, they fly off – as if to draw me away from the nest. I wondered if they are thinking that what they are doing is working – since I never disrupt their nest.
I don’t even clean out their nests between seasons. To first entice them to the nests, we placed a fake Martin on the top perch. The fake Martin immediately rotated on the perch – I couldn’t get him to stand up right, so he is still hanging upside down.
I think the other Martins live here just to help out their ailing brother.
The Martins’ trying to draw me away from their nest stopped me in my tracks this week: Where do I do that? How or where do I think that my routines – all the things I have “learned” – are working for me? When the truth is there is something else at work.
How can I get out of my routine even more than I have?
While cutting grass, looking at the Martins, I started breaking more routine with yard work. I always like to do the whole yard without stopping: once I start, I don’t like to stop until it’s done – all three hours at once. It’s just another habit.
So I literally stopped in my tracks, put the mower up, and finished the next day.
And I love listening to music while I cut grass – I love singing and praising God. I have a couple of playlists on my phone and I have the songs in an order that feels right to me. So, to change things up, I started letting the player (my iPhone) shuffle the songs for me.
And I started listening to a wider variety of music, not just my Christian music like the Chapmans (Gary and Steven Curtis.)
I reached further back in time to The Brothers (Allman and Isley,) the Brooks (Kix and Garth,) and the Jacksons (Michael, Alan, and Janet.)
I didn’t forget any of the animal band music I have (The Monkees, The Beatles, The Byrds, The Possum, and, of course, The Animals.) And I threw in many others from my entire music collection.
Seems like whenever God has a change for me, I have to – I want to – go all the way through it. When He sees a transition for me, I do, too. I want everything He has for me.
You can’t remove all the need in the world today but there are lots of ways you can help. Ask God if there is someplace He wants you to go all the way through today.