The hen naturally does this. Humidity necessary and essential to hatch the chick. Dryer states have lower hatch rates due to low humidity and the effort to keep the incubator humid enough during a hatch. The hen helps regulate with her own body. No matter how much artificial mechanisms we put in place, you simply can’t replace a hen. They are the best at hatching chicks but the next best is incubation.
With all factors in place you can count on several chicks in 21 days. Though my dad always said not to count my chicks before they hatch. How about our lives when there aren’t standards to make sure some things will come your way? How do you respond when you don’t know the timeframe? What about points in your life when you are waiting for breakthrough and there is no period of time you can count on? That tests our faith.
We love having a reason to hold onto for faith, but what do you do when you have no idea if your egg is going to hatch? How do you know all other attendant circumstances are in place for the next step to be coming?
Life is full of mystery. There is no exact formula. There is a guideline which I believe gives us hope and can strengthen our faith.
JAMES 1:2-17 AMP
“Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. But he must ask [for wisdom] in faith, without doubting [God’s willingness to help], for the one who doubts is like a billowing surge of the sea that is blown about and tossed by the wind. For such a person ought not to think or expect that he will receive anything [at all] from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable and restless in all his ways [in everything he thinks, feels, or decides]. Let the brother in humble circumstances glory in his high position [as a born-again believer, called to the true riches and to be an heir of God]; and the rich man is to glory in being humbled [by trials revealing human frailty, knowing true riches are found in the grace of God], for like the flower of the grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; its flower falls off and its beauty fades away; so too will the rich man, in the midst of his pursuits, fade away. Blessed [happy, spiritually prosperous, favored by God] is the man who is steadfast under trial and perseveres when tempted; for when he has passed the test and been approved, he will receive the [victor’s] crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God” [for temptation does not originate from God, but from our own flaws]; for God cannot be tempted by [what is] evil, and He Himself tempts no one. But each one is tempted when he is dragged away, enticed and baited [to commit sin] by his own [worldly] desire (lust, passion). Then when the illicit desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin has run its course, it gives birth to death. Do not be misled, my beloved brothers and sisters. Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes].”
God knows our needs and desires. Peter fished, had no money for tax but listened to Jesus. It was quick and Quick and easy when the miracle was in the fish’s mouth.
Elijah was in the midst of a major drought and said it was going to rain 1 Kings 18:41-46 MSG.
“Elijah said to Ahab, “Up on your feet! Eat and drink—celebrate! Rain is on the way; I hear it coming.” Ahab did it: got up and ate and drank. Meanwhile, Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bowed deeply in prayer, his face between his knees. Then he said to his young servant, “On your feet now! Look toward the sea.” He went, looked, and reported back, “I don’t see a thing.” “Keep looking,” said Elijah, “seven times if necessary.”
And sure enough, the seventh time he said, “Oh yes, a cloud! But very small, no bigger than someone’s hand, rising out of the sea.” “Quickly then, on your way. Tell Ahab, ‘Saddle up and get down from the mountain before the rain stops you.’” Things happened fast. The sky grew black with wind-driven clouds, and then a huge cloudburst of rain, with Ahab hightailing it in his chariot for Jezreel. And GOD strengthened Elijah mightily. Pulling up his robe and tying it around his waist, Elijah ran in front of Ahab’s chariot until they reached Jezreel.”
I remember being at a church service years ago. Everyone was getting up and telling their Thanksgiving blessing. One woman who had endured a couple of miscarriages stood before the church. She wasn’t pregnant and she didn’t have a baby in tow. She was broken and crying. She stood before everyone and simply said, I want a baby, and God knows I want a baby and next year I will be standing here thanking God for a baby whether it is inside or out. The next year she had a baby. The rain came.
Are you spending as much time on your knees as you are worrying about your situation? Do you expect blessings to be easy and magical? I took the girls on a horse ride. I had my youngest on the back of my horse. The other girls were on their horses. I didn’t see any wire, but only God knows how the antelope drag things around. Anyway, my horse got his feet tangled in the wire. He began dancing and spinning to get out of the wire. There was nothing I could do. I was trying to get him under control. My wife was screaming for Hailey to hang on to the back of me. I felt one of her little hands lose grip. I looked back and grabbed her arm. With one hand I was trying to control the horse and with the other I was hanging onto to keep her from falling off. We got out of the wire and I got the horse under control but I realized how important it is to hang on and even more importantly the significance of Christ grabbing us when we lose our grip. The rain came.
When you know your direction but it feels like you are losing ground with no hope in sight don’t you dare let go. The rain is coming. The blessing is on its way. You are going to see breakthrough. Don’t give up. Don’t let the devil get a smile. The healing is on its way. The financial provision is on its way. The relationship will be restored. Things are going to get better. Hit your knees. Worship the ever living God because the rain is coming.
Philip Lukens is the senior pastor of the Carr Community Church. To receive updates please enter your e-mail address below and click subscribe.
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