I went outside this morning to feed my rabbits. There are nine of them at the moment, so I try to give them leftovers rather than buying pellets for them all the time. However, what they really like is grass. That will come as no surprise when we think of areas of farmland devastated by rabbits.
Well, this morning, I took out the bowl of leftover sandwiches and half-eaten apples, – courtesy my kids- and put it in the hutch. Puddles, Mummy bunny, had a bit of a sniff, then ignored most of it. Yes, I thought, she knows spring is coming, and there’s fresh grass around. I’d better pick some. I squelched down to the vegetable garden and picked some fresh grass and weeds for her, and as I did, it seemed to me that this was a symbol.
I was giving her the right food, not leftovers. How often in caring for people, as well as rabbits, do we give them our leftovers, rather than what they actually need? When we take the time to understand what spiritual food is needed to really nurture someone, that is surely better than giving them our leftovers. Recommending books and programmes that we have enjoyed can be helpful, but the best food must be the words of God, fresh-baked Scripture. Then let the Holy Spirit help them digest it.
It wasn’t convenient for me to pick my way through the mud and freezing lawn to feed my rabbits what they really needed, and sometimes it’s hard to give someone a scripture too. I encourage you to step out in faith and do it anyway – God will help you!
(Psa 86:11) Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name.
(Psa 86:12) I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.