Three Yakky Crows
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Three Yakky Crows

I looked out my window just in time to see three very chatty crows walking down the center of my street.  Whatever they were talking about must have been fascinating because they were paying no heed to traffic.  I’m not sure if they were complaining about the weather or sharing garbage can secrets. Whatever the topic it was engrossing.  However, it sure sounded like complaining to me.  How very human they appeared.   They were walking when they could have been flying.

So very few of us have ever learned to soar.  It is easier to stay in the comfort of doing what we know we can do when we can do so much more.  Very few of my undergrad students seem to enjoy being challenged to reach beyond what they can already do.   So often I have heard, “But I don’t know how to do that.”  My response is, “That’s why you are here.  If you already knew how you would be wasting your tuition.” Instead of “I can’t” I wish I would hear “Help me try.”   Isaiah 40:31 says, “They shall mount up with wings (not like crows but) like eagles.”  I see young people with all the gifts necessary to rise up and fly but I fear they will spend their lives walking around like three yakking crows.

In Ephesians 1 Paul tells us God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.  We all cannot be gold medal winning Olympians or geniuses, but we all can become spiritual giants who bask in forgiveness and revel in a knowledge of the deep things of God.  We can fly if we try.

Written by Roger Bothwell on July 21, 2008

Spring of Life Ministry, PO Box 124, St. Helena, CA 94574