A Little Bunny and a Big Peach
By Bill Gaultiere
We have a baby bunny that can fit in the palm of my hand. She’s a great pet. She costs nothing, requires little care, and gives us joy every day – she lives in our back yard!
The other day Kristi put out a peach from our tree for the bunny. The bunny was munching away on our green grass as usual until she caught a whiff of the fresh peach! She made her way over to the peach, which was just in front of our sliding glass door where we were watching. She put her nose on the peach and smiled. She looked all around her to make sure there were no crows or cats. And then she took a bite!
Oh! How tasty! Much better than grass! With obvious delight the bunny ate up the peach until all that was left was the pit. And she licked her hands to get the last bits of juice. Then with her stomach totally full of sweetness she stretched out on our sun-warmed concrete patio and smiled, “Ahhhh!”
As I was thinking about the baby bunny eating the peach I remembered the prayer of the Psalmist: “Taste and see that the Lord is good!” (Psalm 34:8). I realized that the Lord had given me a parable and I sensed him whisper to my heart…
Will you delight in me like the bunny delighted in the peach? When you savor the sweetness of my Word to you and my Spirit in you like the bunny thrilled over the peach then you will be filled with my love, joy, and peace.
But sometimes you’re so busy grazing on grass that you don’t even see the peach of my presence in your midst. Other times you’re so worried about crows and cats that you miss out on eating the peach that I put out before you.
Relax! I’m watching over you. And I give myself to you. Hop over to me. Taste and see that I am good.
Yes, Lord, I want to be as the little bunny – trusting your protective care, free to play and explore, observant to discover the gift of your grace, delighting in your deliciousness. As the bunny was captivated by the peach may I be captivated by you, O Christ! Fill my thoughts. Be my one desire.
Oh, that I’d be as the man you talked about Jesus… “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field” (Matthew 13:33). Jesus, knowing you as my King is the treasure of life! And the field that you are buried in is my heart – what joy it is to discover you alive in my heart! I give up everything for the treasure that you are to me! I give up doing things for myself. I give up doing things in my own strength. I seek your kingdom first and only.
In all that I do today – as I type these words, as I eat lunch with my son in a few minutes, as I clean the kitchen, as I do my work for today, as I greet Kristi and our girls when they return from Marci’s baby shower, as I take pictures of David and his date before prom, as I enjoy dinner and the evening with Kristi, as I pray from the Psalms – may I delight in you with me. Jesus, you are the peach that pleases me!
May Jesus be the peach that pleases you today and everyday!
Reprinted with permission from SoulShepherding.org
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Bill Gaultiere, Ph.D. is a Psychologist specializing in “Christian Soul Care” since 1986. Bill and his wife Kristi (a Marriage and Family Therapist) have a donor supported ministry to pastors and leaders called Soul Shepherding. In counseling, spiritual mentoring, seminars, and retreats Bill and Kristi help people to connect deeply with Christ in ways that facilitate soul transformation. To learn more about their ministry, read articles, or sign up to receive the Soul Shepherding Devotion or Soul Shepherding Moments visit SoulShepherding.org. Send your comments to Bill.
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