- Henry Prater
Lesson from a Bird
Yesterday morning as I was in the sanctuary preparing for worship, I began to hear a tapping on the window. I looked over and saw a small bird, who had apparently decided that the sanctuary was the place to be. It kept at it for a good ten minutes. Below is a small video of the effort.
The bird eventually left….or so I thought. It came back with a vengeance during the sermon. First, it came back to the same window from the video. Then, it tried the top of the cross window. Finally, it tried a couple of the windows by the drum set. That bird really wanted to join in the service!
You couldn’t help but admire the commitment and persistence of this bird. Even after meeting with defeat after defeat, it just kept on trying. The bird had its eyes on what it wanted. I am not sure what in particular it saw, but it was worth the effort. As we go through our lives striving in our faith, we will face trials and setbacks. The world will seem to be completely working against us. Yet, if we will keep our eyes on the Lord, we will make it through any challenge. In 1 Corinthians 15, the apostle Paul was encouraging them about the Resurrection of Christ and our eventual resurrection. He ended by saying, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).” May we emulate our bird friend’s commitment to getting into the sanctuary in our living for the Lord. Let us work fully and persevere through the hard times. We know that God will see us through.