2013-07-30 - Binoculars
I was recently trying to identify one of God's lovely creatures, to confirm that it was a Red-Eyed Vireo. We help keep track of birds, to do our small part in helping the scientists see how Creation is faring - which species are on the wane or are making a comeback. Incidentally, studying birds can be a faith-engendering (for agnostics) or faith-strengthening (for Christians) experience, as you see the incredible variety of colors, head shapes, bills and feet, as well as the innate intelligence God has built into them. I'm happy to report that one species, the House Finch, seems to be rebounding from a nation-wide eye malady that was decimating the species. But back to the striking Vireo.
I noticed that, as with other birds, when you put magnifying Binoculars on them, you are able to see all the marvelous colors, the intelligent and flashing, alert eyes, the unique head shapes. You get to witness the moving sight of a mother gently feeding her young - and sometimes a male feeding a female, as with Cardinals, who mate for life.
As often happens when we are observing His creatures, God used one of these opportunities to bring to mind a similarity in our Christian lives. What if someone put binoculars on our lives? Would they see what they see far away - someone who is seemingly "a fine Christian?"
Or would they see someone who "sloughs off" at work, doing as little as possible to get by - rather than following Paul's admonition to do everything as unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23-24, which I chose as my college graduation announcment signature quote)?
Would they see someone who yells at the hard-working and underpaid store clerk, or someone who asks how their week is going, and actually listens to the answer, then prays for them later (but who is considerat of those others in the line, and doesn't take up too much time)?
Would they see someone who has their priorities in order, of God, family and church - or someone who is too busy "doing good," to give time the people God has put in their closest circles?
Let's ask God to help us live our lives in such a manner that they look the same "under the magnifying glass," as they do on the surface. Let's "walk the walk."
Janice P. Moser