Have You Been Honking?
At first there were just two and they were a pretty pair to watch on the water. Then two became four ... and then seven. Now I think there are five or six pairs on the pond at any given moment.
This wouldn't be so bad if they weren't noisy as all get-out. They'll start honking for no apparent reason, and then they all have to join in and complain. It goes on most of the day, but it's especially bad about 10 minutes before the alarm goes off in the morning.
I think about Christians when I hear the geese honking. We squawk about the circumstances of the day. We raise our voices over how people are supposed to (or not supposed to) act, talk or think. We might even honk in frustration to God over the little things.
... but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing. 1 Thessalonians 4:10-12
If we're lifting our faces to God and lowering our eyes to the Bible, we won't have the peripheral vision to focus on anything else. The peace of God's presence and the joy in His mercy is more than enough to keep us quiet and fixed on Him.
Have you been honking lately?