Years ago, I worked with a man who was an avid hunter. During one of his hunting trips, he climbed a tree, tied himself to the trunk, and kept watch. After several hours he fell asleep. When he awakened, he looked down to discover a plethora of hoof prints circling the base of the tree.
I imagine a herd of deer, walking up, seeing a large snoring hunter, and in response having a dance party while he slept.
Makes me wonder what I’ve missed. Far too often I’ve grown weary, closed my eyes and failed to notice how God was working.
James tells us every good thing given and every perfect gift is from our Heavenly Father. God’s blessings flow from His throne, but so few pay attention. I’m finding the more I notice, the more I see God’s blessings, and the more I notice and see, which makes me grateful. And the more grateful I am, the more I notice which leads to more noticing, seeing, and gratefulness.
I can even take my hunter friend’s misadventure on another fun twist. Our Heavenly Father is greater than any enemy. Satan is a defeated foe. So we can be like the deer having a dance party because the devil is bound and conquered.
We are blessed, friends. Let’s keep our eyes open and notice the blessings of God. Be a deer and let’s dance at the goodness of our God!
“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow” (James 1:17, NASB).
“May all those who seek you be happy and rejoice in you! May those who love to experience your deliverance say continually, ‘May the Lord be praised!’” (Psalm 40:16, NET Bible).
“Let them praise His name with dancing; let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre” (Psalm 149:3, NASB).
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4, NASB).
Deer photo by Lisa Buffaloe