I parked my car outside of work this morning with about five minutes to spare. I opened the car windows to let in a breeze and checked the headlines for the day on my phone. Movement, just on the other side of the hood, caught my eye.
I had parked across from a shrub, about knee-high, and trimmed in the shape of a U. It was a bright green and, just in the midst of the branches, flashed a streak of yellow. As I watched, it flashed again and the movement took shape.
A smear of black sat above the yellow wings and body. Deep inside this shrub, a bird had settled in the morning sun.
This was no forest, no sanctuary. This was no mountain or stream running close by.
This was a parking lot.
The bird could have flown to a much nicer environment. An elementary school sits just past the parking lot surrounded by trees. In a minute, it could have found an entire group of trees, real trees, and set up shop. It could have lived a fairly solid bird life.
But it was nestled in this shrub, in this parking lot, not seeing the horizon beyond the branches.
This is one of those weeks, one of times of spiritual surgery. You feel like you are on the operating table and someone forgot the anesthesia. Doors close while others open. Prayers are answered as quick as needs arise. Through it all, God offers assurance.
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Faith is the search. The fight. The effort to keep moving even if you can’t see the end. It is one more word, one last phone call, one hug that helps a person fight their depression one more night. It is picking up when you don’t have the energy to move and pushing through.
For our walls can be climbed. Our cage can be opened. Our future is planned and known. Our dreams are a guide. Great things are coming. I don’t mean some corny prosperity gospel thing.
I mean victories. Creation. Love. Peace. Movement. Building bridges. Helping someone know and understand that they matter, that their fight is important to you.
For are known by the fight, not the end result. We are called to radical love that destroys the precepts of this world. Jesus told us to Go. Follow. Pray. Sacrifice. Make Disciples.
The day to rest is the day we find ourselves called home once again.
The day to move is now.