Every evening when I get back home, I pass a tree, surrounded by garbage and no sight of life on its dead branches. After a few days I noticed that the empty dead branches of the tree has become a resting place for a few birds.
The birds look idle, they probably found a place to rest after having a good meal. For some reason, I found that the place where the birds were sitting was without any excitement.
And yesterday, I passed by a lake near our neighborhood and I saw the same family of birds in another spot. A spot which was thriving with life and the birds seemed busy pecking something and gulping down their narrow throats. A close look at them meant that they were busy and for me it was a lively sight…
The two contrasting sights makes me think of our generation
On one hand, we love to sit idle on the tree that has no life.. I compare that tree to our materialistic culture. We are glued to our phones, I Pads, earphones, Televisions, and many other electronic gadgets .. They have no life, but do give us a place to rest… Facebook, twitter, and other social media; all of them give us a place to do many things to keep us busy.. But definitely it cannot replace the nurturing a true relationship with real people brings..
And many of us want to perch on the highest branch of financial breakthrough, and the roots of that tree are drying up… International debt is soaring, currency fluctuations make hearts skip a beat, job insecurity causes people to worry, fall and rise of stock markets makes many faces grim. All in all, the dynamics of the economic market is too complex and on the outside looks like a flourishing tree, but I doubt its roots lie in a baseless soil that cant hold for long..
Perched on a lifeless tree for some rest; to have a quick view of the world; and not to brood over the emptiness is good for the heart…
Perched on a lifeless tree and overly depressed that we have nothing to eat, drink and be merry isn’t a good place to be….
We need a change of place maybe…??
Verses for meditation –
John 4:14 – Whoever drinks of the water that I (Jesus Christ) will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
John 6:35 – Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
Galatians 5:22-23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law
Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.