Daily Devotional – 5/4/16 “Ever seen a bird with a backpack?”


I received an inbox yesterday for clarification on the question, “Have you ever seen a bird with a backpack?” It says that birds consistently travel this planet constantly guided by their instinct to carry out their purpose. Isn’t that something? Although a bird travels from here to there, you’ll never see them with a backpack of their belongings neither will you see them staying in one place simply because they don’t think they’ll find what they need to fulfill their purpose. Why? Well, they trust in what was placed inside of them and that means they are trusting in who made them. It’s like the birds that fly south for the winter. If they decided to stay north because they didn’t think they’d have what they need in the south; I’d surmise they would probably starve to death (as the birds that fly south usually do so to survive). What’s the point? You’ve got to stop staying in your place of complacency simply because you are afraid. You’ve got to quit placing your purpose on hold because you’re worried you won’t have what you need. Have you ever seen a bird with a backpack of twigs to build their nest or worms to eat? No and this is because they trust in their purpose of knowing, they’ll find everything they need when they fly in their purpose.

So I ask these questions of you today? Why do you have a backpack on your back and what’s in it? Is it worry because you don’t feel good enough? Is it self-hatred because you don’t feel beautiful enough? Is it anger because someone did you wrong? Is it selfishness because you’re all about you and nobody else? Is it messiness and gossip because you’ve become good at that? What’s in your backpack and why are you carrying it around? When will you trust in what God has placed inside of you? When will let go of the backpack and soar higher? When will you let go of the negativity and worry and believe in who God has made you? A bird flies without thought of what they’ll need because they trust, through faith, in how they were created and that what they need to fulfill their purpose will be given. Why are we, as Christians, not capable of tapping into our faith and trusting in who created us knowing we have access to everything we need to fulfill our purpose? Birds were created with wisdom to build and strength to fly in order to survive and we’re created with wisdom to build and strength to survive. Why aren’t we? They trust their purpose and the purpose giver. Do we?

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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