A Righteous Bird?
One of the things I enjoy about my trips to St. Simons Island is watching wildlife. I love birds! I don’t really know why these lovely little animals thrill me so much. Maybe it’s because they can fly and they seem so free.
During my recent trip to the Isles off Georgia’s coast, I sat looking out at the beach watching the waves. Although I saw no sandpipers that day, I remembered a beach trip our family took when our son was small. He has always had an inquisitive mind, and on this trip he was fascinated by sandpipers. Have you ever seen sandpipers? They are so much fun to watch!
Sandpipers are pretty common birds; they live near oceans, rivers and lakes. Their diet consists of worms, insects and crustaceans they dig up with their feet. I have only seen them at the beach.
I constantly see things in nature that remind me of my life as a Christian. Last week, I decided that sandpipers represent Christians.
The sandpipers on the beach scurry around looking for food right at the edge of the sea. When the waves come in, they manage to escape just in the nick of time. The waves are kind of like sin. The sandpiper dances in and around it, but as long as he is careful, he is never swept away.
I wish I could be more like a sandpiper! I wish I could tell you that I have never been swept away by sin myself, but I can’t. There have been times in my life when I felt like I was drowning, times when I needed someone to reach out for me and help pull me up and save me. But there was no one there. At least, that’s what I thought at the time.
Perhaps my mistake was allowing myself to be in a dangerous situation, too close to the water’s edge. On the other hand, it is impossible to live in this world today and not experience temptation. This is the reason we must be prepared to run away or confront it; we must be on guard at all times so that we will not be swept away.
We live in a cynical, sinful world. Technology is all around us; it is so easy to forget that we can never hide ourselves from God. He is our first and best defense, and only as far as a whisper away. As a child, I used to wonder what God looks like. I imagined him with long white hair and a long white beard wearing a white robe, sitting on a golden throne surrounded by angels playing harps. I don’t try to picture God anymore; I am satisfied to know that He is too big, too holy for me to comprehend. It is enough for me just to know that He loves me.
God gave us a powerful tool to help us whenever we find ourselves in trouble. He has given us His word. I am so thankful that as a young Christian, I memorized scripture. I have many favorites, including Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” I love this analogy! No matter how dark life seems, the truth of scripture will always guide my way. Another favorite is 1 John 4:4b, “He who is in you is greater than he that is in the world.” And, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7b. I guess you could say, “Stay away from the water’s edge!”
Speaking for myself, I know there will be times when I fall in the water (sin). Thankfully, my Lifeguard is there to save me. Do you know my Lifeguard? He died for you over 2,000 years ago. And the Bible teaches that one day very soon, He will return to rescue all who have accepted Him as their Savior. Please, friend, don’t wait until it’s too late! God loves you so much! He sent His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not die, but have eternal life (John 3:16). The time we spend on earth is like a heartbeat compared to eternity!
Consider the little sandpiper. Although he is but a small bird, he lives large, unafraid of the danger nearby. You can know this freedom too; all you have to do is ask. He loves you!
Feel free to reply to this message and I will be happy to tell you more about my Lifeguard.
Until next time…try not to get your feet wet!