The Rev. Linda Taylor: My golden girls

I recently went on vacation, and each day I was gone I would call my husband who stayed behind to hold down the homefront.

I would always start by asking him, how are the girls doing?

He would say they were just fine.

It was during one of my phone calls that he again replied that they were fine, but by the way, the dog and him were doing fine, too, in case I was wondering.

I had to laugh realizing how important the girls have become to me.

You see, the girls are 21 chickens we purchased this past spring.

As I have watched them grow from cute little baby chicks to laying hens, I realize how much they depend on me to feed and water them. Every day, they stand at the fence in the chicken yard waiting, watching, and listening for my voice.

As I walk toward the chicken yard, I start talking to let them know they are not forgotten.

When the girls lay an egg, they cackle real loud, making me think there is something wrong.

I’ve decided they are so happy to have it over with that they have to tell the other hens. I believe I’ve seen them high five each other when they are done. If it’s anything like labor pains, I’d want to give a few high fives myself.

When I gather the eggs, they aren’t real happy with me. They just don’t want to give up their accomplishment of the day. As I enter the chicken yard, they trust me knowing I’m not there to harm them because I have gained their trust.

I can see how my life is a lot like the girls, because I have also learned to trust. But, my trust is in God for he says in Matthew 6:32, “Your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.”

And as the chickens know my voice, I have learned to recognize Jesus’ voice.

Jeremiah 7:23, “Obey my voice, and I will be your God.” So, as Jesus guides me through the day, I try to obey his voice with whatever I’m doing.

Sometimes I fail at listening, and I sound like the hen that is trying to lay an egg.

I start complaining about how my day is not going well at all.

I guarantee there’s no high fives until I start listening to Jesus’ voice.

I Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon him: for he careth for you.” You see, I truly care about my girls, and God truly cares for you and me.

God Bless everyone.

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