Spring is popping its head out for us here in northeast Oklahoma. It has been a very long, frigid, icy, snowy winter. I realize that we are not alone in this. Most of the country has been blasted this winter. Global warming I guess…
It is this time of year that you begin the process of raising day old chicks for your replacement hens. Hens produce the most eggs in their first year of life, and production declines thereafter. We typically add 25 or so pullets each year. This year I ended up with 38.The other morning I picked up this years babies. They are so cute and soft. Their little peeps are like music to your ears. Within 5 months they will begin laying their first eggs.
I am not really sure why we keep chickens. Two people don’t use many eggs in a week. Not only that, if I were to calculate how much money I have in each dozen of farm raised eggs there is little doubt that I could buy them for less. What I do know is what we are eating. I know what they have been fed. I know how fresh they are. And I like being able to give all of our surplus eggs to family and friends. There are times when I walk into a business with 20 excess dozen and start handing them out to the employees. This is just one of the small things that I like to do. And mostly, to me it just doesn’t seem like you are living on a real farm without chickens.
Chickens are not the smartest animals around. They really don’t do anything but eat and dispose of what they have just eaten. They make funny noises, and can’t protect themselves against any predator. If I believed in reincarnation I sure would not want to come back as a chicken. Btw, I don’t believe in reincarnation!
Chicks remind me of a passage that our Lord spoke: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing!” (Luke 13:34) Our Lord is here lamenting over Jerusalem.
There is great tenderness in these words, as you can see in the imagery of a hen with her baby chicks. This pouring out of His divine compassion is a foreshadow of His weeping over the city as He approaches it for the final time (Luke 19:41). “He had come unto His own and His own had received Him not” (John 1:11).
As Gentile believers we are instructed to pray for the Jewish people. In God’s sovereign plan it was the temporary, partial blinding of the Jewish nation that resulted in Gentiles being grafted in (Romans 11). When the fullness of the Gentiles is complete God will again pour out His grace upon Israel; and as a nation they will finally believe in their Messiah. Paul calls this a divine mystery.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).
The greatest truth that our Lord has taught me from Scripture is that He is God. Not some genie high in the sky just waiting for us to ask Him for something, and whoosh, there it is. Our God has a plan. And His timetable is exactly on time in all of creation. There is nothing outside of it. Everything is under His control. He is not fretting about any event, or person, or thing. His ways are established since before creation. We can rest securely in Him and His plan.
Over 30 years ago, The Lord gave me a particular burden for the Jewish people. He is again saving many of them around the world. The day is coming soon when there will be a great national awakening of Israel to their Messiah. I would like to remind you to please pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee (Psalm 122:6).