Sometimes, when life gets really busy and your mind wanders in one direction, routine events slip past you without your noticing them.

Today was one of those days – which is why this post, usually released at 10h00 is now coming out at 16h00. My apologies to those of you who expect my Friday post to be on time!

But here I am. None the worse for wear, still in a bit of turmoil, but generally at peace with my world.

Those who read this post regularly will know two things about me. One, from last week, that I was struggling to hear what God was saying about an issue in my life; the other that He often speaks to me through birds, reassuring me of His love and His guidance.

This week, I think I heard God chuckle.

I was praying, early in the morning, about the matter that has been consuming time and energy this month. Perhaps I have been too intense. Perhaps my continually bringing it to God’s notice needed to be relaxed a bit. Whatever the case, as I was asking for His guidance I heard, to my surprise, a sound which took a moment to register.

The clucking of chickens.

I stopped my journalling in surprise. Was this an answer – the reassurance I sought? Was God saying, even in the intensity of my prayer there was room for laughter? For as I heard the sound of the hens next door I found myself asking,

“Abba, are these chickens birds?”

And I laughed at the ridiculous question. Of course, they are birds. And doesn’t God use the most ordinary things sometimes to answer our pleas?

As I laughed quietly in my bed, I had a picture of God chuckling too.

And the load lifted a little in the shared laughter. My Abba has heard me. He has seen me grow more intense. And He gave me chickens to help me to see that He is there, working on the answer.

Since then, things have moved on. We are not out of the woods yet, but progress is being made. Chickens helped.

And I am still chuckling to myself when I think of the simple joy of Abba’s response. “Here’s a chicken! Laugh – don’t take life so seriously. All things are possible for Me.”

Thank you, Abba.

About Mandy Hackland

My love in life is to encourage others to deepen their relationship with God. I write devotional material, stories and small group studies with that in mind. I live in South Africa and also love spending time in the bush, bird watching and walking. I have moved to the coast and am enjoying the green spaces and beautiful vistas that surround me, reminding me of God's grace every day.
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