It happened again. Round one, we thought it was a once in a lifetime event. Round two, we thought we surely had set a record. Now?

Round three. Not again!

Last year we began our chicken journey agreeing to let Reece have four hens. No roosters! In order to obtain the exact breed she required we bought two hens first. A month later we bought the other two.

As time went on, it became evident that one of the first two hens was, in fact, a rooster. A few weeks later it became evident that one of the hens from the second pair was, in fact a rooster. Two out of four guaranteed hens were crowing, stand tall, proud roosters.

Several weeks ago we bought two more hens from a breeder. Due to our track record, we paid a bit extra to have our breeder professionally gender these gals by a vet. What a relief it has been for weeks knowing our darlings were female.


Our polish hen, same breed as our precious rooster we lost on Christmas, has thrown us a curve ball. She…he…is crowing. She…he…is developing tiny spurs. She…he…maybe there is still a chance for…she. 

Oh my. Just our luck? Our destiny? Roosters were meant to live at the Mayfield’s? Call it what you want. We are calling it just another reason it is never boring around here. 

As we search for two more hens to add to our flock, we are quite aware that we have a good reason to prepare for another surprise. In a few weeks I may be writing another post titled “Ahhhh!”

In all the uncertainties of life it can become quite tempting to lose trust. Trust in people, trust in situations, and even trust in ourselves. Our disappointments and negative experiences often give us an outlook on life that leaves us bitter. We get let down, beat down, and burnt out.

 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”- John 11:21-22

The story of Lazarus is one of intense disappointment, among other emotions. A dear friend of Jesus, Lazarus, becomes ill and passes away, even after Jesus hears of his illness. Lazarus’ sisters, Mary and Martha, had been sure that once Jesus found out his friend was ill, he would surely come to his rescue and heal him.

That is not what happened. Jesus waited two more days before he went to his friend. By that time, Lazarus was gone.

Martha was telling of her grief and disappointment in Jesus’ late arrival. She believed that Jesus was able to heal her brother while he was sick, yet still alive. But he did not.

If we did not understand that Jesus is perfectly compassionate and all knowing, we would doubt his love for his friend. If we did not know that Jesus is all powerful, we would doubt his ability. If we did not know what happens in the rest of the story, we would see the story of Lazarus as one of intense disappointment and heart ache.

But we do.

“Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. ‘Take away the stone,’ he said. ‘But, Lord,’ said Martha, the sister of the dead man, ‘by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.’  Then Jesus said, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, Father,I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.’  When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!  The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”- John 11:38-44.

We can study the emotion and compassion Jesus displayed in this account. We can study the miracle he performed. Or we can study the faith that was eventually displayed in the sisters. But what we can also remember is that it is never too late for the Lord to move. Although our situation looks grim, the Lord sees it as something else, an opportunity.

Had Jesus instantly healed Lazarus, people would have witnessed his healing. Had Lazarus never become ill, people would not have witnessed a thing. But because Lazarus died, people witnessed Jesus’ ability to defeat death. Once again, we become acquainted with another aspect of his character. We learn something about him that we would not have learned otherwise.

You will learn something about the Lord you will never learn otherwise. And it can only come through this situation you may be facing now.

Whether an experience is as serious and heart wrenching as that of Lazarus, or as lighthearted as a hen turning out to be a rooster, disappointment happens. Trust God. He loves it when opportunity knocks!


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