A Rafter of Turkeys

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 6:33 ESV

A friend of mine is raising turkeys. She has about twenty maybe a few more. They are funny creatures very energetic, inquisitive, and loud. I never thought about the intelligence of a turkey but honestly, I never thought they possessed very much but since she has been raising them my attitude has changed.


  Early one morning my friend was beginning her day when she noticed that the turkeys were much louder than usual. In fact, they also seemed very close. Leaning across the table she peered out the window to see her front porch was full of turkeys. There were turkeys across the porch some on the swing, the railing, and chairs. She went to the door and stepped out. As she looked at them, they all looked up at her expectedly. Afraid that something might have gotten in their enclosure, she headed out across the yard, the rafter following.  Everything was in place except the food dispensers were empty. The turkeys stood all around her watching.

She got busy filling the dispensers and as she did the turkeys filed into the enclosure one by one and began eating breakfast.

              A few days later, the same thing happened again. This time it was because they were anxious to get on with the evening feeding. Again, my friend immediately went out to take care of their needs.

              As she related this story to me, I began to think about how often we will go to other sources to have our needs met rather than to God. We ask our friends, co-workers, family, even a stranger. We ask the doctor for a pill, the bartender for another and nothing is accomplished. The pain, anxiety, confusion, and worry is still there. And the problem. We need to be more like these turkeys. They knew exactly who to go to and they went right to the front door boldly.

              You have front door access to God. He is there waiting for you to seek him. Rather than focus on earthly advice and temporary fixes, seek the kingdom of God.

Typist for Jesus

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