Our greatest source of knowledg lies in Jesus, who is God and God is in nature. Nature is a teacher in itself, never self imposing, never demanding and never time bound. There’s a certain freedom it has that we would only get to experience if we allowed ourselves to be one with nature. To be one with nature we not only need to preserve it and take care of it but also observe it. The only way we learn from what is around us is if we take our time to listen, to take it all in. Every form of beauty on it’s own.
In moments when we choose to take time and look at what is around us, we get to discover things of great magnitude from the tiniest observation. Often times we have been told to ensure that we take in every breath and savor every moment, for what it is. It is in moments that we discover things we needed that we didn’t even know we did.
A few Sundays past I got to discover something very interesting about human nature and especially to we who walk in faith. As I waited outside church for the second service to commence, I saw a couple of birds moving from branch to branch sometimes from tree to tree. Most would have disregarded them but for one reason or another I couldn’t. Keen observation led me to a realization, there was not much diffence between us and the birds.
While one bird kept on changing it’s position to avoid an adversary, it’s efforts always seemed futile. It hopped from one branch to the next of the same tree. With every landing it made after fleeing to a safer branch, it caused the branch to shake, thus notifying the adversary of it’s current location. This went on for quite a while but until the bird that was being pursued shifted trees, running away seemed to bear no fruits.
How often in life as Christians do we try to run from our past, from a sin yet all we do is drive around the block. We tend to confess of our negative traits (we all have them as nobody is perfect), hoping to turn our lives around and learn to seek Christ completely. Our resolutions are great only until it gets to the time of execution and then we ‘chicken out’ .
We confess to be bought by the blood yet we do not allow Christ to take us to a different tree to find our rest. We move around the same places we used to, be with the very same friends yet wonder how in heavens name the devil still finds us, how he gets to grasp us. How we still fall into the very same sins. When we are born of the blood, yet we still emerse ourselves into a world full of sin, though we don’t want to sin it is like wagging our tailbomes at the devil, temptimg ourselves.
The trick lies not in changing branches but rather in moving to a new tree altogether. We who wish to be at rest from being pursued by the enemy, need to make drastic changes. No great distance was ever covered by jogging on the spot, you need to move.
Move from the negative situations that tend to harm your progress, that’s the only way you will make progress.
Word for the week; Hebrews 11:15
If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead they were longing for a better country, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God for He has prepared a city for them.