I have often admired the trajectory of birds as they migrate across the horizon in flight. They seem so purposeful as they grace the skies with their artistry. When something fearful on the ground disrupts their peace, they soar gracefully toward the heavens.
We would do well, I think, to emulate their movement. When life here on earth erupts into trouble as it often does, we tend to stay grounded in the messiness of our suffering. We may confer with others, even those we respect spiritually, but we spend most of our efforts replaying the options in our minds, tossing to and fro in frustration. We keep our eyes downward instead of upward. Why not, in the power of the Spirit, let our thoughts and fears take flight to the Lover of soul? It is upward where our comfort and reassurance lie - in His arms and His wisdom.
Our human parents, Adam and Eve, have predisposed us to the ground. We spend much of our time working the ground. We cover our nakedness and shame while relationships are frequently fraught with sorrow. But when Christ died and rose again, He offered us another path. He took flight to the side of the Father and He promised that He would prepare a place for us as well. Knowing this, why do we not soar to His side at the least provocation?
Scripture says that “we are worth more than many sparrows” who frequently seem to know the right direction better than I. Today and always in the future I will face several potentially difficult situations. The challenge remains: will I follow my feathered friends in flight?