Sunday, August 23, 2015

Bread For The Journey

I have the pleasure of looking out of my kitchen window every morning, only to capture the beauty of the wind blowing the tassels in the corn fields.  One  morning when I looked out, I gasped.  Who was that standing out there staring at me?
Suddenly I realized it was a scarecrow.  I remember long ago, my grandparents erecting scarecrows in the gardens.  It was to protect the garden from crows and today's farmers are challenged with crows pecking at the corn kernels.  When a scarecrow was erected, the crows believed that the image was a real person and left the field.  So as you know a scarecrow has no ability to hurt any one or anything.  It has absolutely no power or no life,  it can frighten but cannot harm. I believe that our enemy, the devil is just like a scarecrow. We know that if we put Christ first in our life, the enemy cannot prevail.

What are some of the scarecrows in your life? 
Is it fear of failing to succeed?  Fear can paralyze us.
Is it fear about anxiety? A diagnosis of terminal illness?
Is it fear of the future? What if I lose my job?
In Jeremiah 10, we learn the the people of Judah wanted to know their future and so they used horoscopes.  They wanted to know which mistakes they could avoid in life and how to climb the ladder to prosperity.  Here we see Jeremiah the prophet warning the people of Judah about their irrational fears.

"There stands their god like a helpless scarecrow in a garden. 
 It cannot speak, and it must be carried, for it cannot walk.  
Don't be afraid of such a god,
 for it can neither harm nor help, nor do anything good."  Jeremiah 10:5

The beauty of this truth is that we know that the scarecrows have no power. So how are you going to handle life when a scarecrow pops up in your life? God promises to guide you and knows your future. He will reveal the future to you and will walk with you as the future unfolds. Let's take God's word and let the warm rays of sunshine fill our lives.  Let's stand firm on God's promises and carry those useless scare crows out of our lives.

I will never leave you nor forsake you,
 but I'm with you all the way even until the end of the world. Heb. 13:5.


  1. What a beautiful view you have out your window! But the scarecrow in the field is a little frightening when you first look at it! This is a good lesson for me, as I am facing fears in my life at the moment and am having a hard time overcoming them. Thank you Marg!

  2. These are so beautiful views !!!
    Great photos ! Greetings !

  3. Thank you for that good visual. Our fears are sometimes irrational, about as real and fearsome as scarecrows. Your comments helped me a lot this morning, because, while I do know that God is protecting us, I have experienced fears about the future lately. Thank you for your reminders God holds our futures in his hands.

  4. I read an article that discussed how when we worry, it's truly a manifestation of a lack of faith-- if we believe in God's promises, why would we worry? If God is for us, who can be against us? I have started to pray every morning by listing all my fears aloud, but prefacing them with, "Thank you God, that you are bigger than ____". I list each one, and when I'm done I feel like I gave them all to Him, and I don't have to take them back. Thank you for your inspiration today.

  5. Love your devotional, Marg ... and the scarecrow provided such a neat analogy. Well photographed and well said!

  6. Excellent post. I love what you said...a scarecrow can frighten but it cannot harm. SO true!