OK, so when Spring begins to restore color and life to surroundings once locked in the clutches of winter, I go a little crazy in a happy way! Splashes of color begin to brighten the world with the emergence of flowers from their slumber and the seemingly overnight manifestation of leaves on the trees. The process is truly a masterpiece in the working as the Master, using the earth as a canvas, overwhelms us with beauty from the fragile flight of a butterfly to the rainbows appearing after spring showers to the chorus of frogs that begins at twilight.
This year I have made it my mission to capture a picture of what I believe to be an Indigo Bunting. There is no way to describe the color blue of this bird and do it justice. Here is my attempt… it is this glorious iridescent shade of turquoise blue. You can get a bit of an idea in the picture above…the best picture I have been able to capture so far.
I have literally been stalking this beauty and, as I was creeping around the side of my house to avoid frightening it away, I missed a much more spectacular picture of a blue heron. It was in a wide open area not fifteen feet away from me. I never saw it until it took flight right before my eyes. I was experiencing some severe tunnel vision on that Indigo Bunting I had set my sights on. All else around me was just a blur as was the picture I ended up with!
NOW, please allow me to share the relevance of all this crazy talk of birds and Spring. With the dawning of each new day, God places opportunities for ministry in the paths we walk. He does not hide these moments for ministry like Easter eggs. Often they are so obvious that we choose to step around them instead of tripping over them as we forge ahead with our own self-aggrandized agenda. Tunnel vision…yes! Those God ordained occasions become but a blur. See how my Indigo Bunting is the perfect example of this! I write these things as much for myself as for you.
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'” (Matthew 25:37-40)
Who are you walking past each day on your way to your plans for the day? There is a world of hurting people out there who could benefit from as little as a smile or as much as food, clothing, or financial provision. Be sensitive to God’s direction, and in meeting any of these needs we have this most awesome opportunity to share our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with them. That is what we are here to do, however, sometimes our priorities are a bit askew. No time like the present to rectify that problem!
Lay down the telephoto lens focused on your “Indigo Bunting” and see that big beautiful “blue heron” God placed strategically in your day for His glory, your purpose and ultimate blessing for you and the lives you touch. Open the eyes of your heart. To God Be the Glory!