I confess that I am a bird nut. I continuously add to my list of birds I have seen. I finally discovered a trail that was known for the habitat of a bird for which I have been searching for 10 years, that elusive rare bird called the Florida scrub jay. After two hours scouring the landscape and listening carefully I was getting very frustrated that I had not recorded my treasured sighting. It was then that I had to chastise myself for my bad mood. It had, after all been a wonderful hike. I observed the beauty of cardinals and blue jays. I heard the soulful call of bobwhites and mourning doves. I was delighted with the beauty of wildflowers and enjoyed discovering 2 different birds I had never seen before.
I wonder how often we miss the everyday beauty in our search for something new, something rare. The heart of man tends to be always on the hunt for some new pleasure, something that he has never seen, never tasted, never experience before. Solomon relates his experience in Ecclesiastes 2:10-11: “Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart rejoiced in all my labor; and this was my reward from all my labor. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and on the labor in which I had toiled; and indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun”. We need to learn the joy of simple pleasures and be delighted with everyday beauty. We must learn to fill our heart with the love of our own spouse, to be satisfied with the delights that can be found in our own back yard.
Before I got back to my truck and went home I did see a solitary bird way up in a tree. As I got closer I discovered that it was a scrub jay. Isn’t that the way the Lord works. Before He gives us anything more we need to be happy with what we have.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation