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No. 169
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.


We have got three new chooks at our place! One is black with dark red chest feathers, one is tawny brown and one is white with light brown tips on her wings. They are “point of lay” chooks. That means they are only young and have not laid eggs before, but they are just the right age to begin to. Already we have had three eggs, one was very tiny, as big as a pigeon’s egg. This is because it was the first one that chook had ever laid. Those hens are so sweet!  My dog Dolly is obsessed with them! She wants to get in their pen and round them up, Dolly is a cattle dog cross. But we keep her under control so that she won’t rough the poor hens up.

We want to keep those chooks really safe. In our town there are dogs that roam around and we don’t want them to attack and kill our new darlings. It is OK during the day because all Jenny, Henny and Penny want to do is scratch in the straw and eat scraps and chook food. Or maybe drink water and have a bit of a nap in the sun. But at dusk, just as the sun is going down, we have had trouble. The hut we made them has a roof and sides, but the run outside hasn’t got a roof, or even wire over it. The hens want to go to sleep somewhere safe, so they have been flying up over the wire around the run, and trying to get next door or onto our shed roof. We have to coax them down into the run again, and teach them to go on their own perch in the safe little wooden hut. They were in a very high hen house when they lived at the poultry farmer’s, so they are used to flying up real high to a perch and can’t get used to our lower perch.

My friend climbs in their pen at dusk and makes sure all three chooks are on the perch. Then she goes “coo coo” to them, pats their backs and heads and calms them down. She gentles them down until they get a bit drowsy, then she leaves them to go to sleep in safety. If she didn’t do that they could get out and be in danger! Maybe a stray dog would catch one, or they could get on the road and be run over by a car. Or they might wander away and get lost and end up in someone’s pot! Those chooks don’t know what is good for them, and don’t understand that what we want for them is safety, and a good sleep in peace  - we know best!

Jesus is like that. He knows best in our lives. He wants to gentle us down and make us settle where He wants us to be. The place He wants us to be is in HIS WILL, not our own. Your own will says, “I want to do this, I want to do that, I want to go here, I want to go there.” But our Lord Jesus wants you to be safe and have peace in your life. He wants to save you from disasters and problems. He wants you to live a good and happy life, and to give you all you need. He is saying “coo coo” to you too! He is patting your head and back, telling you quietly “be still and know that I am God.” Don’t be like the silly chooks who want to fly away into disaster and danger! The best place to be is in the middle of God’s Will, not your own will.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. “ (John 14:27).

The Bible shows Jesus as being like a mother hen in some verses in the New Testament. Yes, like a mother hen who gathers her chickens under her wings to keep them safe and comforted.
This beautiful verse is in Luke 13:34:
“... how often would I [Jesus] have gathered thy children together, as a hen [doth gather] her brood under [her] wings, and ye [you] would not! “

Be sure you let the Lord Jesus care for you and show you what to do for a happy life! I’m sure the last part of that verse WON’T be you!   “ye [you] would not!”

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