It’s just about safe to return to social media in case you are over the battle between the fast food restaurants about whose chicken sandwich is the best. Frankly, I’m a little in my feelings considering the fact that my gluten allergy prevents me from participating in the conversation. Nevertheless I viewed the plethora of memes and gifs that depicted stark cultural differences and distinctions between the two restaurants as well as the food. I found them to be entertaining, a few actually gut busting hilarious. What makes us laugh? Often because there is an element that we hold to be true. And as I chuckled I thought about the dichotomy of how I’ve presented myself and walked out my life. Cause truth be told, this chick ain’t always finger licking good.
Somedays I feel really close to the Creator, as if we are completely aligned. I hear the voice of God even amidst challenge. I feel the warmth of God and seemingly the sacrifice that was made for my life. I have words of encouragement for others and don’t feel taxed as a result of sharing. These are the days that I am reflective of the beauty of God’s intentions and purpose over my life. Then there are days (and occasionally even moments later) by which I feel abandoned, forgotten and disappointed. And in my saddened state, I may act out toward others in terms of what is at my disposal for control. I also have trouble with filtering my internal thoughts which if spoken through my lips are not laced with love. Because on these days, this chick is not walking the straight and narrow – in fact, she is not paying any attention to signage, because she just doesn’t give a cluck. It’s in these moments that I am at my most dangerous and vulnerable state, and incapable of being the witness God needs in the earth. But isn’t it just like God to love us no matter what state of establishment we find ourselves in? Jeremiah 31:3 affirms, “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” We don’t have to stand in line because we have fast pass access to the Father. We don’t have to worry about items running out, because grace abounds. We don’t have to concern ourselves with selection and decisions, because we have been chosen by the Most High! And….we don’t have to fight, because we were granted victory at Calvary! Finally, no need to be consumed with peking order on your job or in your home because with God at the helm, one may relax and know that we are taken care of. No need to act out all free range. Due to the sovereignty of God, one never knows when He may elect to withdraw the oil.
Growing up, being called a chicken wasn’t a compliment. I would suggest that we weren’t as astute about the characteristics of chickens, or otherwise, we would have strutted ourselves a bit and been proud to answer to the name calling. PETA shared some interesting facts about chickens (https://www.peta.org.uk/blog/21-surprising-facts-about-chickens/) that are useful for our considerations. Chickens can distinguish up to 100 faces of their species. If we can commit to recognizing the active hand of God, we’ll be good. Chickens have full color vision. To what extent are we operating in vision? The Word of the Lord declares, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” (Habakkuk 2:2-3). Chickens communicate with more that 20 vocalizations. What is our communication strategy to God? To each other? Is it sound? Is it accurate? Is is consistent? In other words, how is prayer operationalized in our daily existence? Chickens to have pain receptors and they feel distress. So do we. Chickens love to play and so we must create space to experience joy, and often. Finally, chickens dream, and so must we. We cannot allow the enemy to enable us to remain in a ruffled state. Further, as we get ourselves together, we must commit to ensuring that other chicks are able to cross safely as well. No matter from whence they’ve come, whether their coop was large or small or well resourced or barely standing; the chick appearing well, or the chick appearing a little more rough around the edges. Just so long as we get to the other side.