There’s a Peacock at Your Door!

I wrote of turkeys that were at my neighbor’s door, as some of you may remember from a previous blog. The truth is, we never know what bird… or life circumstances might show up at our doors.  Sometimes a new day simply brings routine activities; other days we may find surprises awaiting us, and at other times we will be confronted with challenging circumstances.

…And then there are those days when “extraordinary” shows up.

Such was the case for my sister.  She lives in Florida, and recently heard a pecking at her patio door. After investigating – she found that the noise came from the pecking of a beak.   Behind the beak stood a vibrant array of colors – in the form of a magnificent bird.  Yes, a peacock was at her door. IMG954669

She was amazed that this beautiful creature resided in her state, and even more astounded that it was  “knocking” at her back door.  She certainly didn’t expect that.

This glorious creature at my sister’s door reminded me that too often I can make God too small in my own eyes, and forget that He specializes in the impossible and unexpected.  The God who spoke the world into existence, rescued men from mouths of lions and fiery furnaces, and raised Jesus from the dead is the same God who lives in me today. Amazing!  I pray to have more and more of the kind of exceptional faith that believes in the “wonder of what God can do”  – which Jesus described after raising Lazarus from the dead.

40 “Did I not tell you,” replied Jesus, “that if you believed, you would see the wonder of what God can do?”  Jn. 11:40 (JB Phillips translation)

What do you believe God can do in your life?

In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice;

        in the morning I lay my requests before you

        and wait in expectation.  Psalm 5:3

You just never know when something unexpected and magnificent may be knocking at your door.

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  1. Elizabeth Thompson

    I love this, Jeanie! So many times I get focused on mundane problems and forget how magnificent God is, that he can change anything in just a moment. Thanks for the reminder!


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About Jeanie Shaw

After retiring from forty-five years in full-time ministry, Jeanie Shaw went back to school to earn her master’s and doctorate in spiritual formation and discipleship. She also serves as a certified Christian life coach who loves helping people discover the joy, peace, and purpose that come from finding and following God’s plan for their lives. She has taught classes and workshops all over the world and has written numerous books. She has four grown children, eight grandchildren, and a golden retriever who thinks he is human. When she is not reading, writing, coaching, teaching, or enjoying her family she might be found walking along rivers, learning new lessons about life.

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