You are rich. We both are. We are surrounded by treasure. Abundance is a part of our everyday life. This is not about money. Let me explain.
There is a sense of wealth as we gaze upon the earth we live on. This morning at 8:20 AM the sun was brilliant. It shed late winter warmth and light everywhere. 20 degrees Fahrenheit is not warm in many parts of the world. Because the wind was light, it was comfortable. Photos were on my mind. Waterfowl are consistent subjects of interest to this photographer. The best place to find them? Water.
Why waterfowl? Ducks, geese, water and sunlight make beautiful images. The first hint of wealth all around me was the sight of resting birds. While the sun rose this morning at 7:02 AM, the geese were still at rest. Ability to rest in safety is richness. With their heads tucked under one wing they provided me with a strong sense of everything at peace. We are rich when we recognize the peace around us. Rest, peace and safety are part of the wealth we have been given. We will learn more about rest soon.
Appreciation of beauty is another facet of being wealthy.
The splendor of waterfowl in their natural element flavors life with completeness. Watching the birds begin to stir, some with heads still tucked, some swimming and always one or two watching made my eyes want more. Sunlight reflecting from a watchful waterfowl eye suggests far-off elegant mystery. Water dripping from beaks and glistening on feathers were details that added luxuriant richness to the scene. Feathers in black, white, shades of gray and stunning iridescence were part of the wonder of waterfowl in this morning’s sun.
We are rich when we have health.
Each bird this morning radiated superior health. Feathers preened, shiny, and waterproof were powerful proof of the health of each bird. No bird appeared weak or struggling for survival. The water they were in always fresh and abundant allowed them all to be hydrated. The sleeping geese could stand while asleep. With health, life is enjoyable and pleasant. It was obvious these birds were comfortable. First-rate health allows us to be happy and content. Contentment from health was visible in the birds this morning.
We are rich when we have the basic needs for life.
These waterfowl had abundant sunshine, water, food and shelter. Dozens and dozens of geese spread out at the edge of the river. Besides the sentinels, most of the birds were still at rest more than an hour after sunrise. There was a clear sense of completeness in the scene my eyes witnessed and photographed. These waterfowl had everything they needed.
You may already have a clear idea where the abundance and fullness of the earth come from. God. He made the earth. He has put His fullness in it. “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.” *1
Therefore, it is my assertion that we are rich.
Synonyms for abundance are: profusion, plenty, wealth, richness, and this one: lavishness. We are rich. Not in money, it is temporary. Money brings momentary pleasure. One day in earth history, Jesus reminded those listening to him that, “life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” *2 No, we are rich in things money cannot buy. If we can see beauty, the world God has made; we are rich. If we have health, we have a gift money cannot buy. We have air to breathe, water to drink, abundant food to eat, and spacious comfortable homes. We are rich. Abundance and fullness like this come from God, not from our strength or ability.
There is blessing for the human heart when we notice the fullness of the earth
But not all experience abundant fullness. Some have no home, they do not know where their next meal will come from. Some are ill. Yet for all, there is an abundance, a rich treasure for all who seek it.
Until now, we have been speaking of physical, temporary abundance. This life is not all there is! There is an eternal abundance for us all regardless of our life circumstances. Once more the words of Jesus, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” *3 This is not temporary rest, with Jesus there is rest for earth and rest for eternity. Rest for now and rest forever. That is everlasting abundance! He is always ready to give your share, life eternal, to you. Ask Him, He has already invited each one of us. This is absolute truth.
- Luke 12:15
- Psalm 24:1-2
- Matthew 11:28