• Jack Selcher

A Terrorist, Blueberries, Tomatoes and Hope

A terrorist unexpectedly changed the dynamics of life around my garden. In 2020 the local wildlife ate almost all my blueberries and tomatoes. They came uninvited. They saw. They invited others. They vacuumed up the crop. Robins and squirrels were the problem.

I did some research before I planted blueberry bushes in the yard several years ago. I learned that birds can wipeout an unprotected blueberry crop. Did they ever in 2020! On a normal day, bob-bob-bobbing robins spaced themselves out in our yard and explored for worms. Inevitably, they discovered my ripening blueberries. Once they did, it was over! They plucked almost all the berries before they were fully ripe.

The squirrels were even more destructive in 2020 than the robins were. They ate or carried away at least 150 tomatoes from 15 plants. Have you ever tried to stop a squirrel from consuming birdseed or something else it wanted to eat? It’s usually about as successful as trying to cancel gravity. I was discouraged. I couldn’t imagine the pest problem would be any different in 2021 and beyond.

In the spring of 2021, I witnessed a hawk zooming over the yard low and extremely fast. It was only a few feet above the ground. At other times I also observed a fur ball that had once been part of a squirrel and remnant feathers that had once been part of two robins.

Birds must communicate with each other. Somehow, the news got around about the newly-arrived feathered terrorist. The robins no longer bob-bob-bob in the yard. Not one. They haven’t plucked a single blueberry yet.

The feathered terrorist changed the dynamics of life around my garden. Last year the prospects of harvesting blueberries and tomatoes in 2021 seemed grim. But, quite unexpectedly, a new hope has dawned.

So, how is your supply of hope holding up? Have the kicks and punches of life beaten you black, blue, and senseless? Are you projecting that pain into the future. Do you think life will never be any better? Is the light of hope at the end of the tunnel about to burn out?

Life is complicated and unpredictable. Its parts are so interconnected. It’s foolish to project today’s pain and losses into the future. If a single hawk can unexpectedly change my gardening prospects, what can an infinitely powerful God do to change your prospects (Matthew 19:26)? The Hawk of heaven has invaded the realm of darkness. He has rescued you from it and brought you into the kingdom of His Son (Colossians 1:13). From hopeless hell to a living hope (1 Peter 1:3). Grasp that hope. Never let go. #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources #hope

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