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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Bird Brain

Editors note: I wrote this June 7, 2006. dg

OK, so I'm sitting in my favorite booth at Atlanta Bread working on my laptop and I hear this thud on the window. Out of the corner of my eye I see enough to notice that a bird has just flown into the window. 

It reminded me of those hilarious Windex commercials where the birds keep flying into the oh-so-clean windows trying to get inside. (Yes, these windows had just been cleaned too) 

So I'm sitting here wondering what I can learn from this experience...

Seeing isn't always believing-or not seeing in this case. Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it doesn't exist or isn't real. "You can't see the wind but you can see the effects of the wind" said Billy Graham on DC Talk's Jesus Freak CD. Meteorological instruments can measure the wind speed, moisture content and temperature even though our eyes do not see it.

Lessons: 

* Don't get too caught up in what you can see. Live in light of eternity. 

* You can't always see what's most real. This is similar to the last one. We tend to think what's most real is what's most visible. The bible teaches that what's most real is actually what we can't see...yet. CS Lewis calls this world the "Shadowlands". The bird learned that lesson the hard way. 

* Watch where you're going mister! OK, so I'm venting my driving pet peeves a little. People can't drive around here!

But seriously, we need to watch because it matters where you're going. You may be moving through life at a quick clip, but you may be heading the wrong way on a road with the bridge ahead out of commission. Open your eyes. In fact, ask God to open your eyes. You may be surprised at what you end up seeing.

* Seeing and seeing aren't always a package deal. Just because you have 20/20 vision doesn't mean you can see what really matters or lasts. The birds have working eyes. But they are not good enough to see clean glass apparently.

The bible says that our eyes are not good enough to see spiritual truth either--unless God enables us to. Pray that God would open your spiritual eyes to allow you to see what is true-clearly. 

* We can get so focused on what we're looking for that we miss what's right in front of us and what is most important. (I can't see the forest for the trees kind-a-thing) I don't know what that bird was so focused on (maybe my pastrami sandwich) but he was on a mission to satisfy himself. Mission NOT accomplished! (pass the Advil)

We can get so focused on pursuing what we think will make us happiest that we miss true joy and happiness. Life apart from God will always be inferior to true joy and happiness found in Christ. Don't let the eye candy of this world tempt you to fall for it either.

What's the best way to see well? Stay close and stay clean.

Stay close to God and his word and let him know when you mess up. As you confess your sin and turn away from it, God cleanses you from all unrighteousness. He sees you as if you've never sinned. That's cool...clearly.

Revenge of the birds