After walking around the lake, I sat down to rest and take in the view. I was there earlier that morning and there must have been 70-80 graceful, delicate swallows swooping over the water. They zigged and zagged, climbed, then dove down to touch the water for a drink. Leaving behind a ripple, they darted away and looped around again. It was hypnotizing to watch.
I picked out a single bird to study its pattern and see if I could predict when it would take its next drink. I could not. Sometimes, they would dive four or five times, only to suddenly veer away from the water before coming again to refresh themselves.
During this jumble of helter-skelter avionics, I noticed two large, graceful swans in another part of the lake gliding slowly through the water. They looked regal, graceful, peaceful as they moved effortlessly on top of the water.
The whole scene brought to mind Christians in their daily lives. Like the swallows, so many dart around in their busy schedules, stopping only for a brief moment to refresh themselves in the Holy Spirit. A few others appear majestic and calm like the swans. They seem to be more in touch with the Holy Spirit. And I thought how we should all be more like swans than swallows.
But then, I saw the bird I want to imitate. An awkward looking bird, it rode very low in the water. Only a bit of its back was showing with a dark, gangly neck and a small head pushing through the surface. It seemed to be moving purposefully, but then disappeared completely under the water.
I was surprised when it reappeared, a full thirty seconds later, and quite a great distance away with a fish in its mouth! This bird had totally submersed itself and traveled through the water to reach a purposeful destination!
This is how I want to be in Christ! Not dipping in here and there for a sip. Not floating on top with my feet dangling. But totally and completely submerged for long periods of time during which I accomplish much.
And in between submersion excursions, so covered by the Holy Spirit that I am more water than bird, more Spirit than self.
God shows me things in nature to teach me about Himself, and about myself. Can you see yourself in nature? In a flower? In a bird?
Does something you see bring a greater understanding to your own circumstance?
Ask God to speak to you through His own creation. I believe as you listen, you will Hear More From God!