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I know, I know, what do Owl pellets have to do with my walk with the Lord you ask? Well let me explain where I’m coming from 🙂
A pellet, in ornithology, is the mass of undigested parts of an owl’s food that some owl species occasionally regurgitate. The contents of an owl’s pellet depend on its diet.
Did you catch the part about the contents of an owl’s pellet depend on its diet? How’s your diet? What’s in your pellet? Of course I am speaking Spiritually.
Have you ever been sitting in church listening to the Preacher and you’re thinking, “Wow, this is really good, I really needed this”? I have.
Then what happens? We fellowship with our church family for a while, we leave church, spend an amazing amount of time trying to figure out what we are going to eat, go eat, run errands, finally get home and hope for enough time to take a nap before evening services.
Wait a minute! What happened to what was heard in the sermon that was so good?
That’s right, it went right out in the “pellet” 🙁
Are you a note taker? I am. I love to take notes during services. It helps me to focus on what’s being preached. Besides that I don’t have the greatest memory these days. What do I do with all of those notes I have been taking over the years? Good question! They were scattered in this notebook and that notebook, probably a total of seven or eight notebooks. I say were because I threw them all away. Well not all of them. I do still have my most recent one.
You see one day it was brought to my attention that I was not doing as well, Spiritually speaking, as I thought I was. Yes it hurt and yes I got mad so I threw away all of the notebooks. After all what good were they doing me? Right?
Throwing away my notebooks was an act of anger. After I settled down and decided I needed to start from ground zero (and this has taken several days), I realized that even though I am faithful in church attendance, reading my Bible, doing Bible studies, and prayer I am not really keeping all of it in. You might say it’s not getting digested. It’s going out in the pellet!
During this “settling down” period I realized that no matter how much TIME I spend in church, or how much Bible I read, or how many Bible studies I do, even my praying won’t help me a whole lot UNLESS I HAVE AN ACTIVE, THRIVING, PERSONAL WALK WITH THE LORD.
I got saved late in life so I’m a fairly young Christian. After I got saved I didn’t have anyone come along side of me to help me in this “new creature” thing. A lot didn’t change right away, but through watching other people and listening to preaching I learned what was right and wrong. You know, how to look, act, and sound the part. The problem with that is I still felt there was something missing. I don’t know how many times I had heard, you will change from the inside out. The problem was that there wasn’t a whole lot happening on the inside. This is because I was so focused on the rules, regulations, and obligations. Don’t get me wrong, God has “rules” but they are to protect us from the consequences of sin.
So I got more serious about reading my Bible regularly, doing Bible studies with and without the children, and praying more intently. I could see God working in my life. There were times when I knew something was of God because there was no way it could have happened without Him intervening. Like bringing me the friends that I needed. Only God could have worked that out.
So, there I was, feeling pretty good about my Spiritual walk. Then BOOM!
Okay so what do I do now?
I draw as close to God as I possibly can! James 4:8 says, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” I must wake up each day determined to get closer to God than I was the day before. The promise of Him drawing nigh to me is what I desire most! I also must realize that with this determination of having a thriving relationship with the Lord, Satan will show up.
How do I do this?
First, I will focus on the love that is being directed toward me. I must become intentionally aware of God’s presence. Psalm 16:8 tells me, “I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” God is with me anywhere and everywhere I go. He is with me during all that I must endure. He is with me in my fear, stress, anxiety, heartache, worries, and tears. I must become actively aware of His presence. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1. I love those words “very present”. God is so good He does everything to its fullest!
Second, I must realize that nothing happens on its own. God has put me on this earth at this very specific time for a purpose, His Purpose. I must live continually searching for His purpose in my everyday. Proverbs 16:9 states, “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” God is closely involved in every aspect of my life and I have to lean on this promise and trust it all into God’s care while focusing on what that purpose is for my life.
I must LOVE LOVE LOVE Him! He has done so much for me.
“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Deuteronomy 6:5
Finally, I must show my love toward God through my thankfulness, consciously focusing on what God has done, is doing, and will do in my life. I must sing praises to Him.
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Colossians 3:15-17
I must show my love toward God in how I treat others, through grace, love, and mercy. “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;” Romans 12:10 . I must show grace, love, and mercy in my words, my actions, in forgiveness, filling needs, thankfulness toward others, and showing genuine interest, actively caring for others.
I must show my love towards God in obedience to Him. “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” John 14:21.
I cannot love God and disobey Him. God’s commandments are very clearly laid out in His Word. Ignorance is not a reason to disobey. This verse tells me that if I love God then I WILL KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. It couldn’t be more plain. It also tells me that when I do keep His commandments that He will love me and manifest Himself to me. That is key for me!! I need Him to manifest Himself to me. All that is required of me is to obey and do what God shows me to do.
“And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:21
And finally, I must show my love toward God through prayer. “Pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17. I know He already knows what’s going on in my life and my needs. But He likes to hear it from me. Prayer is my opportunity to get close to God through worship, confessing sin, praising Him for Who He is, asking for my desires, and sitting quietly listening for Him. “Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.” 1 Chronicles 16:11.
And when I don’t know what to pray or how to pray what is on my heart I have the Holy Spirit to help me, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27
Micah 6:8 sums it all up for me: “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
So for now on, with the help of my God, the only thing you will find in my pellet is the stuff that needs to be removed from my life so that I can have the spiritual walk that I so desire, that God desires for me. And I will keep this promise close to heart: