A couple of weeks ago I decided to let our chickens out of their run and allow them to free range while I worked around the yard. They hadn’t had a lot of experience with this kind of freedom so I was a little concerned about how they would do.
As I was pulling weeds out in the garden I would look up occasionally and see them exploring, chasing bugs and just being chickens. They seemed to be enjoying themselves and doing a great job of staying in a flock within the perimeter of the side yard.
Then, maybe not fifteen minutes later, I was a good distance away, checking the mailbox and could hear some sort of commotion. I looked up just in time to see a very large, dark bird of some sort flying low over the yard. This thing had such a wingspan on it that I could hear it flapping all the way down to the road, probably 30 – 40 yards away. I wasn’t positive what it was. My first thought was an owl (it was getting on toward early evening, so not totally out of the question.) Whatever it was, it had its sights set on a chicken dinner. By the time I made it up to the yard there was not a chicken to be found. All nine of them had completely vanished. My heart was sinking as I combed the thick brush and wooded area surrounding the yard calling for those chickens. I couldn’t quite believe that in such a short amount of time I had gone from a beautiful flock of chickens so close to being ready to provide us with a daily abundance of fresh eggs, to an empty coop. All because I had foolishly decided to give them a little more space. You could not even imagine my relief when, after half an hour of searching, I finally found all nine of them huddled together undercover of a large pine tree, not daring to make a peep.
As I thought back on this, our latest hobby farm escapade, the Bible verse John 10:10 popped into my head. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
Wow. That was certainly what that bird of prey had set out to do. Steal my chickens, kill them, and destroy my hopes and dreams of a bounty of delicious eggs. How often does Satan try to do that in our lives, especially when we have left the shelter of the coop (the Lord’s protection –stay with me here) and are out wandering around obliviously chasing bugs? He swoops in to try to destroy us and shipwreck our faith. And in so many various ways. Financially, physically, emotionally. You name it. Whatever he thinks will work. But God wants so much more for us. He wants us to enjoy a life of abundance. And I’m not talking necessarily about material “stuff.” There is so much more meaning in this verse than that. Abundant life, I believe, goes deeper than that. It’s about having a rock solid faith in our Creator and knowing where we will be spending the rest of eternity after this short journey here is done. It’s about not letting our circumstances cloud our vision.
When Tim and I discussed what to call our new blog, he said it had to have something in it about a simple life, since he is all about getting back to basics. And I wanted people to know how truly blessed we are. So that is how Our Simply Abundant Life was born. Probably one of the most eclectic conglomerations of topics you will find. And even more to come. So take a scan through our pages. We’re sure you are bound to find something that strikes a chord with you.