One dead. Day 2: Two more dead. Day 3: After reinforcing perimeter, the body count raises to nine. This is the second attack on our flock in the last year. I feel responsible as the owner of the chickens to feed and protect them.
After the last reinforcements were made to their coup, I felt very confident. the lone chicken remaining in the coup would remain unharmed. My heart sank at what I saw the next morning. I thought to myself, “I left her as bait for the predator.”
I left the coup puzzled by how anything could have gotten in, as there was no trace of an entry point like the previous days. All hope was not lost. There were five chickens outside the coup that survived. These smaller, more agile chickens, lead by a wise older chicken.
Over the past two weeks we have noticed the chickens roosting in different areas, Most recently, they have been roosting in a big oak tree closer to the house.
The other day my children and I watched our remaining chickens take shelter in a tree, no doubt lead by the wise old chicken with uncanny instincts.
My wife and I teach our children many lessons in life. One being that we should be careful who we surround ourselves with, because even being in the vicinity of wrong doing can bring negative consequences for those nearby.
There is no doubt that as parents we want the best for our children. We go to great lengths to protect and prepare them for life. What if as parents, we were placing our children in a unhealthy environment without really understanding the danger we are placing them in? (Like couping up chickens only for them to face an ill fate.)
It’s a terrible thought, but one we should consider. Due to our limited time and resources, we ought to ask this question to follow up; What can I do to prepare my children against life’s greatest threats?
With this in mind, how important are some of the things we spend time on? Think about how important television or video games are in the big picture. Just how deep will the lessons go that our children learn in dance, gymnastics, basketball, football, baseball, wrestling, cheerleading, choir, music lessons, soccer, swimming, equine, and on and on we could go. Nothing wrong with these activities, as long as they fall in line on the priority list.
Be the wise old chicken and steer your family away from danger. Both immediate and eternal. Seen and unseen dangers await us all. We can only do so much to protect our children on this earth. However, God on the other hand knows all things, sees all things and loves us all. Why wouldn’t we read His instruction book for us together as a family. God’s promises are worthy of pursuing daily.
God is more than adequate to meet our every need. Jesus tells us not to worry about what we will wear or eat but rather we should seek God first and then all the cares of the world will be met by God.
If you can tell me of a book you can read for the rest of your life and continue to be perplexed by the content please send the name. You cannot find a book that pertains to the past, present, future, and bestows wisdom and truth that surpasses the Bible.
We are reading through the bible together as a family and we would like to invite you to join us. This past week we sent out our John Study Questions for chapters 1-5. Today we are sending out Week 2 of the questions. Please use them as a tool to engage God’s word together and your children.
If you feel inclined write a comment on the experiences you are having as a family. The struggles and the triumphs are equally important to share as others may benefit.
May the Lord richly bless you!
Just in case you missed John Week One Study Questions they can be found by clicking the link below: John Week 1 Study Questions