Row of Ducks

Categories: Tea & Truth

March 27, 2017
It’s Saturday. I stretch out on a lounge chair and read a book. The sun warms the air around me. An ice-cold Dr. Pepper fizzes in my cup. My husband sits next to me, holding my hand. The laundry is folded. The dishes are washed. The house is clean. The bills are paid. The pets are fed. The fridge is full. Emails are answered. Family and friends are happy and healthy. All is right in my world. I am content.

In my dreams!

REALITY CHECK

My instinct is to put “all my ducks in a row,” and when the line is perfectly straight, I can sit back and enjoy life. But have you ever tried to put real, live ducks in a row? Not having attempted it myself, my guess is that they wouldn’t stay there for long, if at all. I’m not sure why anyone would even bother trying. Ducks will only fall naturally into an imperfect row when following their mama.

If I was waiting for when I could get my “ducks” to align simultaneously, I’d be waiting until I meet Jesus face-to-face to be satisfied with my life. But – whoops! That means I’d spend my entire life feeling discontent! Contentment isn’t a result of perfect circumstances, it’s an inner peace in spite of circumstances. We live in an imperfect, fallen world. Life is never going to be perfect.

WHAT’S THE SECRET?

Contentment comes from God. “And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.” Isaiah 58:11

Contentment is learned. “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:11

Contentment results from thankfulness. “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” I Thessalonians 5:18

Contentment can’t coexist with worry. “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:34

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

Life isn’t about to-do lists. It’s about glorifying God through loving Him and loving our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39). John Piper, author and theologian, states that, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” Instead of concerning ourselves with aligning our row of ducks, let’s focus on following our Father, in whom we can find perfect contentment under any circumstance.

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” I Timothy 6:6-7

Jessie Chamberlain
Family Radio Staff

4 Responses to "Row of Ducks"

  1. Jenny Burkhiser Posted on March 29, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Jessie, your picture perfect scene made me drool – especially with the folded laundry! I thought, “Wow! She really has it all together…she is amazing at blogging AND even has a “Dr. Pepper-Perfect Life” at home with her incredible husband!”

    But I was actually a little relieved when I continued to read and you said that scene was just a fantasy. You essentially said that you are human and not perfect. I don’t know why it surprised me! I knew that from the Bible, right? Only God is perfect!

    But we hear and see all the time in the secular media messages that continually say that we can strive to be perfect somehow. Whether it is through buying a product, trying out the latest workout, or adopting the popular attitudes of society – we can do it all. But every time I buy that line, it doesn’t pan out. I start moving in the wrong direction, towards discouragement and discontent.

    Hebrews 12:2: “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

    It is only a fleeting dream to have a perfect life and God’s Word tells us that!
    May I realize who and what I am are in comparison to the perfection of our dear Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you for pointing out the importance of keeping the focus on what and Who really matters! Let’s keep looking up together!

    • Jessie Chamberlain Posted on March 30, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Thank you for your comments, Jenny! Haha yup that opening paragraph was most DEFINITELY fiction. I so agree with you – the media sends such negative messages about how we need to do this or have that so we can be a whole, complete, happy, healthy person, and that we’re somehow lacking as a person if we don’t. But it’s Christ and Christ alone who completes us and gives us the contentment that we SO long for! Thanks so much for your encouraging words, my sister in Christ!

  2. David Manzi Posted on March 29, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Beautiful, funny, warm, sweet. Wonderful blog filled with much insight and wisdom. Thank you and bless you, Jessie, for your faithful service to the Kingdom.

    • Jessie Chamberlain Posted on March 30, 2017 at 9:41 am

      Thank you so much for your encouragement, David!

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