Last night, I was going to send the 21 Days of Release Daily Devotion to the website and the Holy Spirit stopped me. I decided to wait on the Lord as these revelations are critical to this period. Early this morning after prayer, I still had not received anything.
Mondays are my day off so I decided to get in some exercise by walking around Lake Lynn before the blazing noonday heat and humidity set in. I took some bread that was getting stale so I could feed the ducks before I started my five-mile power walk.
When I arrived at the lake, I stopped at a bridge and saw about 50 or more ducks sitting or peacefully swimming, so I tossed several small pieces of the bread into the water. A feeding frenzy began. Ducks from everywhere converged on the area, devouring the tiny pieces of bread and fighting over the scraps.
Then something unusual happened: In the middle of the frenzy, one of the ducks apparently decided he had had enough and flew up from the water onto the railing about 10 feet from where I was standing. There he stood, looking at me. I threw the duck a small piece of bread, which he immediately gobbled up – then moved a couple steps toward me. I continued to feed the frenzied ducks below, and then I threw a second piece of bread to this one duck. He ate this and again moved closer. I threw more bread into the chaos below and tossed this bold duck a third piece of bread. He gobbled it up, but this time came all the way up to me to be fed directly from my hand. I could not help but laugh at the irony of this situation. Imagine such a thing: One duck was smart enough to separate itself from the madness and be fed personally by my hand. I laughed inwardly and said, “This is one smart duck. While the rest were fighting for scraps, this duck is eating the choicest bread from my hand without a struggle.”
Then the Holy Spirit began to teach me something!
He said, “It was the boldness of this duck that released greater things in its life. While the rest were content to compete for scraps, his boldness released something that the rest of the ducks never experienced.” He then said, “God does not release great BIG things BECAUSE we do not ask for great things. If the saints do not ask for great big things, then all we will see is small things. People suffer because my people are afraid to ask for great big things.”
As I continued my walk, the Holy Spirit revealed several other things from this experience. This duck changed its perspective by flying to the top railing where I was standing instead of remaining in the water.
The duck distinguished itself by separating itself from the masses. While the other 50 or more ducks were content fighting over the scraps, this duck singled itself out. He was bold enough to take a chance. Bold people distinguish themselves because they dare to position themselves for greater and they ask for greater. They are not content fighting over scraps.
The duck advanced steadily toward me with each piece of bread I gave it. It continued to advance toward me until it came close enough for me to feed it out of my hand. The Lord wants to give us things directly from his hand. We are instructed to come boldly to the throne of grace and make audacious requests. Standing off at a distance and fighting over crumbs is not God’s desire for his people. When we see God blessing us, we should be encouraged to advance and ask for more. I cannot help but believe that God smiles inwardly when we do the same thing.
I could have easily snatched this duck and injured it, but it trusted my goodness! The only thing that stopped me from continually feeding it was that the bread ran out. God has a supply that will never run out.
Toward the end of the feeding frenzy, a second duck saw the actions of the first and joined him on the railing close to me. I immediately fed him as well.
So the primary lessons learned: If we have the sense of a goose, we will approach the throne and make bold requests. The Lord dropped Isaiah chapter 40 into my spirit as I listened to it afresh. I encourage you to read it today and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you.
Isaiah 40:4-5 states, “Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.”
Isaiah 40:11 states, “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.”
Isaiah 40:27-29 states, “Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God’? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”