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Last spring, I put a wreath on a post on my front porch. It is made out of twigs and artificial flowers. I can view the porch from the office where I do my computer work for my home business but cannot see that particular post. I noticed one robin kept coming back and forth to the area around that spot. I thought she must be looking for a place to make her nest. She was . . . in that wreath. Since we exit the house through the garage, I did not notice what she was up to for quite a few days.
Below is a picture of that wreath. If you are having trouble spotting the nest since it blends in so well, it is located on the right side of the wreath as it hangs on the post.
Okay, so this year I thought I would outsmart her. Instead of putting the wreath on the post, I put it on the front door. She did not make a nest in it but was proceeding to take out some of the twigs to use in making a home for her little ones in another location. As I opened the front door there would be twig remnants on the door jamb. What do I do now, I thought? You guessed right. I took the wreath down and it is sitting in my garage!
Thus, the robin has taught me a valuable lesson which is to use what you have. She was persistent in coming back to gather the twigs to complete the task at hand. God has given us varying talents and we should do our best to utilize them to build up the kingdom of God.
Matthew 25:14-18Matthew 25:14-18
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV
14 For it is as when a man, going into another country, called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his several ability; and he went on his journey.
16 Straightway he that received the five talents went and traded with them, and made other five talents.
17 In like manner he also that received the two gained other two.
18 But he that received the one went away and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
WP-Bible plugin “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.”
Jesus also gives us an example when he fed the five thousand with only five loaves of bread and two fish. He used the resources He had to perform this miracle.
By the way, I will probably have to wait a little longer before I can put that particular wreath out on my front porch again.