Today’s Truth

The Lord is my Shepherd; I have all that I need.

Psalm 23:1

Friend to Friend

Flutter. Flutter. Bang! Flutter. Flutter. Bang! Momma and Papa Bluebird danced in front of our sunroom windows, trying frantically to break through the glass barrier. Time and time again they banged their feathered heads against the panes. What were they pursuing? Where were they trying to go? What had caught their eye? Why were they so persistent? I wanted desperately to help them solve their dilemma, but I couldn’t figure out what the dilemma was.

After three days of this featherbrained, frenzied activity, I decided to put myself in their position, get a bird’s-eye view, and examine the situation from their perspective. I stepped out onto the patio, stood in front of the windows, and there it was. In the reflection of the glass was mirrored their birdhouse, some thirty feet behind me.

Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird’s lovely cedar-shingled home with decorative finial, sat on a tall pole nestled under the protective branches of an old oak tree. Their bed and breakfast came equipped with an adjoining spa—a concrete birdbath surrounded by fragrant rosebushes bursting with red blossoms. But instead of being satisfied with their high-rise estate, they were banging their heads against the pane striving for a mirage—a mere reflection.

Amazingly, a few times they turned around, soared to their home, and crawled through its opening for a reprieve. But before long, they were dive bombing into the glass again, trying to gain entrance into an illusion of something better.

This made me think of my own life and the many times I go flutter, flutter, bang—flutter, flutter, bang—striving for something that is just a cheap imitation of God’s perfect provision for my life.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans that I have for you, to prosper you, and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope.”

And yet I argue, “Yeah, I know that God. I know you’ve provided me with this home and this job and with this wonderful life. But, well, I don’t mean to sound ungrateful or anything, but I reaaaaly would be happy if you’d give me a house like Mary’s over there. And you know Beth? Well I reaaaaly would be happy if you made me a Bible teacher like she is. And you know Teresa? If I could just be as sweet as she is, I’d be satisfied. Then there’s Laura. Now God, she has the prettiest silky hair. Could I just have hair like hers? Don’t get me wrong, Lord. I do appreciate you given me hair, but if I could just have…………….”

Well, you get the picture.

Flutter. Flutter. Bang! Flutter. Flutter. Bang!

The banging birds may have knocked themselves silly, but they also knocked some sense into my hard head. God has provided me with everything I need. As the psalmist wrote, “The Lord is my Shepherd; I have all that I need” (Psalm 23:1 NLT).

I can flutter about looking at the mirage of happiness in other people’s windows, or I can nestle down in contentment and not get my feathers ruffled trying to get more. The way to keep from fluttering around from one mirage of happiness to the other is to stay close to home and be satisfied with my own nest, my own feathers, and my own chicks.

I’ve learned that I’m most content when I’m at home in the Father’s will, nestled in His protective branches, and nurtured by His Living water.

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me when I complain about what I don’t have and when I am not thankful for what I do have. Thank You for being my Shepherd who has given me everything I need. I love you so much.

In Jesus’ Name,


Now It’s Your Turn

How thankful are you today for the blessings and provisions of God?

Consider writing Him a thank you note. Let me get you started.

Dear God,

I want to thank You for…

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7 Responses to “Do You Have What You Want or Want What You Have?”

  1. Frances says:

    So timely! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Kim says:

    Thank you! I am so thankful for what God has given me, though there are times I do look at others… My failing is art. I am an artist, yet I see others’ and do sometimes wish I was more like them. But I know God Gave me the ability He wanted me to have, and for that I am so thankful!

  3. Leisa says:

    Amen! He provides aLL of our need & so much more!!

  4. Kat says:

    Deat Lord, thank you for today. A beautiful, sunny day full of promise. Thank you for Sharon and sharing her devotion and reminding me to be thankful for the things that I DO have.

  5. Debbie says:


    Thank you for loving me and providing for all my needs. You are so faithful to me, even when I start to look at what I don’t have. I am so glad You continue to help me grow in you. I want You to be my only God and to be satisfied with Your good things.

  6. Mandy says:

    Wow! What a great story to help remind me that living in Christ is living right now, a satisfied, thankful and faithful life! Thanks for this devotion and Thank you God for everything! Please help me to be more like Jesus!

  7. Sarah says:

    This is EXACTLY what I needed to read. Amazing how I came across this by a google search and opened this exact devotion first. God works in incredible ways and this message spoke straight to my heart. Thanks for such a lovely message that really makes so much sense and helps me to see the bigger picture. God bless!

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