Waiting to be Discovered

My dear friend Teri, knowing that I’d developed an interest in birds this summer— thanks to my desire to use my camera—got me a bird feeder for my birthday in August.Of course, she included a songbird blend of food and also a bird guidebook. Yes, she’s one of those friends who doesn’t miss a beat.

Within days, I had the bird feeder up and filled with food. I even bought a special pole to hang it on in the backyard. I positioned it not too far from the birdbath and also made sure I could see it from my back porch steps. I was all set. Couldn’t wait to see the flurry of beautiful birds that would visit my yard now.

Fast forward a few weeks and my bird feeder still waits to be discovered. I’ve glanced out my office window and looked out my back door several times each day, and only once have I seen a bird come close to it. The tiny sparrow flew away before it landed, almost as if it was afraid to try it.

I’ve done my part. The feeder is filled with food and is even located near a water source. It’s all prepped and available, just waiting for a taker, just waiting to be discovered. Once that happens, the news will probably quickly spread by word of mouth—or should I say by tweet of beak? :)

I wonder if the Lord feels the same way I do as he waits for us to discover the provision he’s made for our spiritual nourishment. He’s given us his Word. He’s inspired and equipped preachers, teachers, and writers to offer sermons, Bible studies, and other spiritual food. He’s done his part and made the feast available.

Yes, I think God longs to see us fly to his Word—to his truths—and to partake of all that he’s given. He waits for each of us to discover his provision.

Let’s not be like the birds who come close but go on their way unfed. Instead, let’s be the ones who discover the treasure of nourishment. Let’s be the ones to share the good news!

“The ordinances of the LORD . . . are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.”  Psalm 19:9b-10

*Before I finished writing this post, the bird feeder was finally discovered! Success! :)


  1. Wonderful analogy, Cheryl! Today, I wonder what the Lord has prepared for me to discover. :0) Great thought to put in my mind. THank you sister/friend!

  2. Now you just need to wait for word-of-beak to spread the news!

  3. You’re welcome, Robbie!

    Jana, word of beak just took a few hours. Some squirrels have even come to investigate. Good thing my feeder is squirrel proof! :)

  4. I agree with Robbie: great analogy! Truly the Lord lays out a banquet for us; one that’s new every morning. I wonder how often I fly by it without tasting even a morsel?

  5. Thanks for the vivid visual! My spiritual stomach started screaming, “Feed Me!”

  6. Thanks, Kathleen! And welcome, Anna Marie — I’m so glad you visited my blog!

  7. Cheryl,

    What a nice friend she is to remember what is special to you. :)

    I’m so glad someone else has to delete repeated comments sometimes too. Me too. :)

    Yes, partnering with parents is a great way to do it. We appreciate that too, and I’m glad you got to experience that with your daughters too.

    Jennifer Dougan

  8. Great picture! And yes, I have been know to fly by the feeder a little too often. Trying to stop and savor what God has for me.

  9. What a blessing to have received such a nice feeder. Great post!!

  10. Thanks, Jennifer, Nanette, and Alicia. I so appreciate each of you and your comments!

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