This devotion is for my husband, Jim, because he said, “You can’t write a devotion about bird poop.” And when I told my friend Angie about my analogy she must have been speechless because she didn’t even reply. But the next morning she had a good chuckle when she couldn’t see out the rear window of her van because of all the bird poop.
Our deck continuously gets plastered with bird poop. At first, we thought a gaggle of geese visited during the night. It was atrocious! Down the sidewalk, up the steps and all over the deck. Every day, I hose off the deck (multiple times), and they poop all over it again. The cycle just continues. We never see the culprits but there must be a lot of them based on the mess they are leaving behind!
Isn’t life sometimes just like bird poop? You step into unexpected problems and what a mess. You feel like you are sitting in bird poop when shocking news comes your way. The worst is the unexpected bomb shells that take you by surprise. News like: Your spouse wants a divorce. Your teenager has a drinking problem. Your pregnancy ends unexpectedly. Your friend has cancer. Facing bankruptcy. Admit it sometimes life really is just like bird poop. We can wallow in it, or we can remember that there is One who will help lift us out of the mire and set our feet back on clean ground.
Take a look at the story of Abigail. Nabal was not your model husband and he definitely never won the husband of the year award! He was “crude and mean in all his dealings” (1 Samuel 25:3). She had to feel like she lived in bird poop, but she learned to make the best of a bad situation.
David and his men had protected Nabal’s men while they were sheering sheep. In return David sent word that they were going to pass through the area. He requested that Nabal and his people please provide some provisions for them. But Nabal, in his selfishness, refused to share and as a result David planned an attack.
Now Abigail had just been pooped on one more time! Her and the people were about to be murdered because of her husband’s bad attitude. Abigail didn’t wallow in the poop. She didn’t walk around worrying or pointing a finger at Nabal. Instead she stepped forward, developed a plan and sent the servants out to greet David and his men with a feast. As David approached, Abigail bowed low and begged him for forgiveness for her husband’s lack of hospitality. David instantly saw the wisdom that she possessed. She was a hero for her quick thoughts and actions.
“Praise the LORD, the God of Israel, who has sent you to meet me today! Thank God for your good sense! Bless you for keeping me from murder and from carrying out vengeance with my own hands. For I swear by the LORD, the God of Israel, who has kept me from hurting you, that if you had not hurried out to meet me, not one of Nabal’s men would still be alive tomorrow morning.” Then David accepted her present and told her, “Return home in peace. I have heard what you said. We will not kill your husband.” (1 Samuel 25:32– 35)
Abigail later told Nabal about the near disaster he had caused by his uncontrollable temper. The news caused him to have a stroke, and death shortly followed. Nabal was not the model husband, but to be a widow in biblical days was just another douse of bird poop. Abigail probably just wanted to say, “It is enough Lord!” The story doesn’t tell us how she reacted but considering her past example, I’m sure she handled it with dignity and confidence. We do know that God rewarded Abigail for her heart of gold and her wisdom. When David heard of Nabal’s death, he requested her hand in marriage and she quickly accepted.
Abigail was able to see beyond herself to the greater good of the people. She didn’t focus on the bird poop that was dropping all around her. She focused on the big picture and the One who could rescue her from uncertainty. She wasn’t a prestigious woman, but she was very wise and capable.
For your focus today, look past the bird poop of life and focus on the good that lies ahead. God will take all your poopy situations in life and turn them into good someday. He knows your past, your life today, and He holds your future.
Suggested Scripture Reading
• 1 Samuel 25