Fake owls and needless worry

I have to admit that when I first heard about it I didn’t believe it. How can a plastic, painted owl actually scare off birds? But I was tired of bird poo on the deck and willing to try anything. So I visited a local farm supply store and fought back feelings of silliness long enough to buy an owl. And guess what?

It works!

It’s a big, fake owl that doesn’t move. It just sits there. It looks menacing and intimidating, but it’s completely harmless. I can tell it’s not real, but the birds that claim our trees as home can’t. So they stay away from the deck… and the flowers by the deck where we have a second one.

That’s sort of what Satan does with us. He sticks these ideas in our head of what could go wrong or what might go wrong… and we tremble with fear. We shake in our boots. We loose precious sleep. We bite our nails. We do everything imaginable except the one thing we need to do.

Take it to God in prayer and thanksgiving!

Consider Paul’s advice to the believers in Philippi:

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. ~ Philippians 4:6-7

We don’t have to let fake owls or fake fears get the best of us. Instead, we can take it to God and trust that He will work in every situation for the good of His kingdom. No matter what circumstances – real or imagined – you are facing, rest in God’s peace right now!


Filed under Courage, Fear, Love of God, Peace, Praise, Prayer, Trusting God

2 responses to “Fake owls and needless worry

  1. Great analogy my friend.
    I’ve been thinking lately of the story where Jesus appeared on the lake outside of the boat and scared the heck out of those on the boat. Then, true to his character, Peter got excited and asked Jesus if he could jump out of the boat and walk on the water too.
    Can you just identify with Peter?
    I sure can. All the excitement of seeing Jesus walking on the water and Peter’s ready to try it himself… that was, until he jumped out of the boat and heard the winds and waves crashing around him.
    Peter had a great idea and Jesus was his focus UNTIL the wind and the waves (I’ll call them life’s circumstances) became bigger than Jesus in his eyes.
    I’m still chewing on the story and its greater implications in our lives, but this made me think of it again.
    Thanks for sharing these stories.

    • That account of Jesus and Peter out of the boat is a great fit! And yes, I can identify with Peter. Glad to know I’m not the only one! lol Thanks for sharing the journey Todd!

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