Ah, I’m chuckling as I watch those chickens panic!
If you’ve never seen Chicken Run, you’re missing a treat. The owners of a chicken farm are “sick and tired of miniscule profits” that come from simply selling eggs. So, they decide to switch to a more profitable version of chicken farming. The chickens, however, are not nearly as keen on the idea. They seem to think egg-laying is a little less hazardous to their health than being used for chicken pie filling. I’m inclined to agree!
A couple of the hens are bound and determined to think logically through the problem and find a way to escape certain death. The rest of them? Well, just click on the video above for a reminder of their reaction!
I love Chicken Run because it serves as a great reminder. My first reaction to times of stress is to panic. I’m overwhelmed! There’s no way out! I can’t do this! We’re all going to die!!!!!
I’m a worrier by nature. I wish I could just be laid back and have a “hakuna matata” nature (yep, I’m in the mood for quoting children’s movies today, it seems!), but that’s just not me. I’m a “now is the perfect time to panic!” kind of person.
But I’m learning a better way. I’m learning to stop and breathe. To take in the truth of my situation. Sometimes it really is as bad as it looks at first glance, but stopping to breathe takes my focus off the situation and puts it where it belongs – on my Savior. Other times, the changed focus really does help me get a handle on reality and see that things are not nearly as overwhelming as I make them out to be.
Do you need to breathe today? Allow me to offer a few suggestions.
Watch the chickens. Yep, again. Go ahead – you know you want to chuckle!
As you take a deep breath, pray for God’s perspective. Pray that He will overcome your desire to panic with a feeling of rest in Him.
Take stock of the reality of your situation and lay it at His feet. Ask for His wisdom and discernment. Ask Him to show you if anything is standing in the way of finding peace and rest in Him no matter the circumstances.
ACT!!! Take that first step of faith, plodding your way through whatever is before you as if the victory has already been won.
Your moment of panic might be something huge and unexpected. Or it could simply be the normal day in and day out process of life. Either way, go ahead and scream if you need to, and then be ready to receive His peace. He’s ready to give it!