What do you think of crows? Yes, that’s what I said… crows. You know, those rather plain-looking black birds that appear in large numbers around this time of year in Kansas. What is your impression of them? What’s that you say? You don’t think about them one way or the other? Well… I used to take them for granted, but that changed on September 30th.
There’s not a deep spiritual lesson in everything I see – not by a long shot! I probably miss more lessons than I get, sadly. I pray to gain wisdom at every turn. As we know, the Christian life depends on two acts of obedience:
- Reading God’s Word, The Bible
From there, God works with us as individuals. With me, He leads me to living lessons, usually through nature. I was out with my husband to pick up some prescriptions from the pharmacy and told him I’d wait in the truck while he ran in to get them. Not an especially exciting story so far, but stay with me.
You know how it is when you’re waiting in a pharmacy parking lot. I people watched for a bit – then that got boring and my eyes were trained on a bunch of crows. They were huddled around something, which attracted my interest. The longer I observed, the clearer it was to me – it was a very large slice of bread and they were fighting over it.
As two birds would start pecking at each other, a third one would try to fly away with the bread. Barely able to hold it up, the crow was unable to fly because the bread weighed it down! Forced to drop the slice of bread, the other birds would once again huddle around the prize and start fighting with each other over it.
Obviously the rule was ONE SLICE OF BREAD GOES TO ONE CROW. There was no negotiation involved – it was all or nothing. Win or lose. I watched each of the birds try to sneak off with the bread, to no avail. It was too heavy to fly with, but that didn’t stop each one of them from trying. It made me think – “If you birds would just tear the bread into bite-size pieces, you could all have some!” Of course, they are birds and do not think that way.
It made me think… sometimes it feels like I have so much stuff that I’m burdened by it. At one time I had things in a storage facility – which means that I was not open to getting rid of it, but not in a position to take care of it either. It’s crazy to pay to store things that you can’t even see. I’m not a hoarder. It was a time in my life when I was leaving one home to live in a smaller space temporarily. I hoped I could one day have my things around me – and I eventually did.
Have you ever put the slice of bread in your mouth and it weighed you down so much you couldn’t fly???
When I got home from the pharmacy, I packed two large bags for Goodwill. I feel lighter already! 🙂