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Forever love? Who would have ever guessed that it comes from God as well as in a pet chicken who lived on the sofa.
“Get your brown feathered butt out of here!” the widow Brenda hollered at the chicken in her living room. I got company coming today. I don’t want none of your pet dander in here where folks are going to be sitting!” The barrel-shaped senior tossed an empty Skoal can toward the sofa. It was a show. She fiercely loved her feathered pet.
What looked like a garden-variety scruffy brown hen ran out the door, but not for long. It was like symbiosis, a science arrangement between two different animals. They needed each other. Brenda needed the eggs and the company; the chicken needed Brenda to provide a safe haven from prowling coyotes. Every night, the coyotes left signs all around her aging rounded mobile home they cased the place. But Brenda proved she was a good shot.
Her company came, crowding around a table the size of a cutting board, and then Brenda saw the chicken perched on the bulging stuffing on the sofa arm. “What are you doing in here, you plucky thing? Shoo! Out!” Brenda ordered.
Though her words were harsh, Brenda’s heart showed through. The feathered pet ambled around the porch, and then poked its head in. Soon the hen was back on the cool sofa perch. Brenda stared hard at the brown hen and bellowed, “Get out of here before I make you into chicken and dumplings!” It made a quick figure eight in the hot sand outside, and then was cackling from the sofa. Brenda cut its cackle short with, “Get out of here before I make you into fried chicken!” Another lap and she threatened “chicken tacos;” then “chicken noodle soup;” then “creamed chicken on toast.” The hen always returned to its perch as if it were family. It was.
No one else on the surrounding ranches thought of Brenda’s chicken as anything more than what it was: a source of eggs.
But to Brenda, the chicken was family, just like Ruth and Naomi. “But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16-17
Just as Brenda would not abandon her hen and Ruth would not leave Naomi, we can cling to God with the same loyalty and tenacity. He is faithful. He will not let us be separated from him.
To Joshua, he promised, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” [Deuteronomy 31:8]
Those words are for us, too. Reassurance that God is with us always as well.
With God, we have a name, a family, a forever home and a destination. You can count on it.
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and her recent Give Us This Day Our Daily Grin – A Fun-Lovers Guide to Spiritual Living and Growing now in print and e-book on Amazon Kindle and other e-formats Smashwords. She is author of several other books, including new release Bring on the Blessings of Baskets ~ Easy, Fast, Personalized and Outreach Ministry Gifts. Amazon . Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website, www.button-to-god.com.]