Page 108 was another good day filled with a balance of work and family time. I’m doing the writing of the page the next morning as I’m finding the longer amounts of daylight keep me busy later into the evening and I’m tired by the time I sit down. Writing in the mornings may become a new “normal” for a time — at least when the day provides good weather to be outside with my family in the evening.
The day began with the usual cleaning and building prep tasks with a break in the middle to catch some sunrise photos and some building photos for our social media presence. My workday was filled with a combination of sermon prep, prayer ministry display prep, and minor maintenance tasks. At one point as I worked in my office, I noticed a large bird gliding in circles overhead. I have a pair of hawks that are frequent visitors, so I thought it may be one of them and I went outside to try to get a few pictures. It ended up being a group of six of these birds gliding with ease on the rising air currents. With that many of them together, I doubted they were hawks and after looking at the photos I discovered I was correct — they were vultures, buzzards, turkey vultures, or whatever the going name is for this large carnivorous bird that looks for dead things to eat. While seeing them tear apart roadkill can be an unpleasant sight, watching them glide in circles high up in the sky was actually a beautiful thing. It is God who made them with the ability, and desire, to clean up a dead carcass that would otherwise likely spread disease and it was God who gave them the ability to fly with such beauty. It made me wonder about how often we judge a person by what they do rather than notice who they are and the purpose God has designed just for them.
After the workday, I had a late lunch and a little bit of rest before going to Potato Creek State Park for a walk with my family in the midst of a beautiful spring setting. Early in our walk, we passed by the nesting pole for a pair of Osprey. As has been the case much of the time, you could see the head of one of the osprey peeking out of the top of the nest while the other stood guard on a cross-member further down the pole. Occasionally you will find them both in the nest, but more often one of them will be in a nearby tree or out where there is a more complete view of the surroundings. Today’s photo is of that lookout osprey sounding the warning that a potential threat was nearby. It made me think of God calling the watchmen of Israel, and us, to account. The responsibility lies in sounding the warning when danger approaches. There may be no control over how anyone responds to that warning, but if the warning isn’t given then the responsibility for loss lies directly on the watchman who failed to give warning. That is an important lesson, at least for me, because I know I get tired of warning people about the consequences of their decisions or actions only to have them pay no attention to the warnings. It is easy to think, “why bother?”, but God reminds me that my responsibility isn’t their response to the warning. No, my responsibility is to speak up and be free from the guilt of the destruction that is to come.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- Just because something has always been done a certain way, it doesn’t mean that it necessarily always has to be done that way.
- I love routine and an illusion of “normalcy” but also realize that growth doesn’t happen without change.
- When something becomes a burden, it is wise to figure out why. And, if it’s important, figure out if there are ways to make it less of a burden.
- Things, and people, aren’t always what they appear to be.
- Our job, or the tasks that we find ourselves doing, is not the full measure of who we are.
- There are a lot of unpleasant tasks in this world that are done by very pleasant people — and there are a lot of pleasant tasks that are being done by very unpleasant people. Being pleasant or unpleasant is our choice — choose wisely.
- The task of a watchman is difficult, but even more so when his warnings are not heeded.
- The response of people, or the lack of response, shouldn’t change the content or urgency of our message even if it changes the style.