Living in Mumbai (India), the only birds visiting my house frequently are pigeons. Honestly, I am not a fan of pigeons, as their “cooing” sound is very unpleasant and they tend to leave behind a lot of foul-smelling mess.

My family has a habit of shooing pigeons away, every time we see them at our window. This got us chatting about the time when we were kids and sparrows would come around chirping happily. That is when we decided to host sparrows at our windows, and notify the pigeons they were not welcome here.

Through many years, we tried many things, like keeping a bowl of water or some food; but nothing really worked. The pigeons would always come back.


This did the trick!

Finally, we decided to buy a bird feeder; we were told that the pigeons stay away from this feeder as they do not like the green color on it.

The first day my husband placed the feeder on our balcony floor. When we got back home in the evening excited to see any evidence of sparrows, we unfortunately found only pigeon droppings all over the place.

We then decided to place it at a certain height, hanging the feeder by a single rope, and waited at the window to see if we were still hosting only pigeons. This did the trick, in no time we had sparrows visiting us and chirping away happily.

While all this was taking place in the natural, here are two things I learnt about hosting the right presence in our daily life.

1) Check who you are hosting

Who are we hosting in our homes, colleges and office? The conversations we are a part of, the movies we watch, the books we read, the music we listen to will attract either God or the enemy. The Bible says in Malachi 3:16 Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honoured his name.

Every time we pray or talk about the goodness of God, He is listening, and His presence gets attracted to us.

2) Hosting the presence of God is a privilege

There is no greater privilege than being a host to God. He is looking for people who will host His presence, hence we need to be in the right postures and position for hosting Him.
The position of the bird feeder was the key to hosting the sparrows. Every time the pigeon landed on the bird feeder that was now elevated in the air, it’s weight would shake the feeder and it would lose its balance. But the little sparrows sat comfortably on the feeder.

When you pray, are you in the midst of all distractions like your phone, Ipad etc? Or have you lifted your mind to be at a height where distractions have no hold on you and the enemy loses his balance?

Mathew 14:23, Jesus went up the mountain to pray, And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone…

As Christians hosting God’s presence should be part of our everyday life. So, let’s make amends to our posture and position and learn to be a good host.

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