Killer Window

 

Yesterday, as I was walking out of the front door, I noticed out of the corner of my eye, the little form of a brown bird. It lay lifeless. It’s head cocked awkwardly, eyes glazed, cold as the flagstone, dead.  There was no blood but there was no breath. The little delicate body crushed by the force of impact. I bent down and picked up my avian friend to discover that it was an over wintering white-throated sparrow. As I looked at the little bird I felt sad. Sad that this little innocent life would breathe no more, would fly no more, would sing no more. The average life of song birds is about 1 year. And while I’m not sure if this little guy had celebrated his first birthday or not, his life had been cut short.  Cut short by a mistake, a miscalculation.

For a lot of reasons I love my house. It has lot’s of windows. So many in fact that you can pretty much see right through the house. And this is where the problem lies for many birds. They don’t see the glass. They don’t see the danger. Instead they see what appears to be a clear passage right through the house right to my bird feeder. It’s such a tempting short cut!  But the short cut is a fatal deception. And so, this little guy, like several others over the years, had made this fatal mistake.

So as men, what can we learn from the unfortunate death of this little brown bird? I’ve thought about this a bit and unpacked it as a metaphor and this is what I’ve come up with…

  • Your Value…
    • Matthew 10:31 – If God notices the death of a sparrow, surely He is concerned for you!
  • Your Plans…
    • Proverbs 14:12 – Sometimes what seems so logical to you ends up killing you.
  • Your Life…
    • Psalm 103:15-16 – Our lives are like grass… short lived and uncertain.

So guys, let me ask you a few questions. Are you living like the little brown bird, doing your own thing, relying on your own wisdom, not seeking God, and maybe just maybe heading toward a crash. Are you about to hit an invisible wall? Most of the time I get blind-sided I have thought and planned only using my own human wisdom, not seeking God. Are you seeking God even in the things that seem so clear and simple? I figure if it’s a challenge for me it is probably a challenge for you!  God desperately wants to have an intimate daily, moment by moment, relationship with each one of us and guide us in the small and large challenges of life. Jesus said it so simply, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and ALL these things shall be added unto you.” This is the formula. Seek God first and foremost and you will experience the Kingdom of God… and most likely not crash into the glass walls of ambition that blindside us!  This is my prayer for you and me today!

 

 

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