Did you know that if you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet, yet is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be a prisoner? The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without that space to run – which its accustomed to – it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.
Did you know that a bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it’s taken out? It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.
In many ways, we are like the buzzard, and the bumble bee. We struggle with our pain, problems, and frustrations, never realizing that all we need to do is LOOK UP! There have been times in my life when I have been depressed and fearful, almost paralyzed if you will, by some unexpected problem or difficulty. Unfortunately, my first inclination was to look inside myself, or look to a friend for the answer. But I’ve learned the hard way that that’s not the best approach.
The Psalmist wrote, “I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven.” The God we serve created this universe and everything in it. He’s the only one who has the answers to this life and the life to come. To go through life without looking up to Him, creates the same frustrated imprisonment, as the buzzard, and the bumble bee. Jesus said, I have come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.
So, this week, when you start to feel frustrated try looking up!
“I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven.” Psalm 123:1