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Buzzard, bat, bumblebee
August 22, 2011
by Dr. Phil Geoffrion, pastor, Albion Evangelical Free Church, rural Cokato

I read once that if you put a buzzard in a 6-by-8-foot pen that is open at the top, the bird (in spite of its ability to fly) will remain a prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard is in the habit of running 10 to 12 feet on the ground before beginning a flight. Without that space, it will not even attempt to fly.

Then, there’s the bat, which cannot take off from a level place. Remarkably nimble in the air, this creature can only shuffle about helplessly and painfully until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, all at once, it takes off like a flash.

Consider the bumblebee: If dropped into an open container, it will remain there until it dies. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find a way out through the sides or the bottom. Seeking a way out where there is none, it will completely destroy itself – unless it is taken out.

In many ways, we resemble the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee. We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, trying to find a way to save ourselves, never realizing that all we have to do is look up.

Regret looks back; worry looks around; faith looks up!

In these unstable days of economic turmoil and worldwide unrest, our challenge is to live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and truly put our trust in God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.