The Bird

A few weeks ago, a small red and grey bird began to fly into my living room picture window over and over again. Deliberately throwing itself into the window, pecking at it, diving and thrashing and attacking at the window. This went on day after day. 

Before long, my moderately clean window was covered in bird…smudges, of some kind. And she kept coming. Over and over again.

We researched it and realized that she (I’m assuming it was a she) was likely protecting her nest from another bird (read: her own reflection was the other bird!) So, whenever she flew by that window to go to her nest, she would see her own reflection, assuming there was another bird, and began to defend.

Finally, my husband (who is so smart, ya’all) moved the nest. And she went away. She stopped coming to the window.

Let me just elaborate on this bird’s obsession. From the first glimpse of sunlight, she would be at the window. Attacking, pecking, squawking, flapping, and diving at that window. She would fly away to her nest, or if we approached her, she would fly to a hanging plant on my porch. But she would quickly return to her incessant fixation.  Until we moved the nest, which contained her most prized possessions: her babies.

I feel like that Momma bird sometimes. Something catches my eye as I fly through this life. And then I can’t tear away from it. Whatever it is: sometimes it’s a menial task, sometimes it’s an eternal issue, sometimes it’s important in the temporal, and other times it may just be my own self.

You see, the things we let catch our eyes (spiritually speaking) will then begin to control us. It consumes our whole day, our thoughts, our actions, our speech, even our choices.

Proverbs 4 warns us about guarding our hearts:

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Avoid all perverse talk, stay away from corrupt speech. Look straight ahead and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet, and stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.”

Don’t get sidetracked.

You have a task in this life: to follow Christ, unyielding in your faith. Anything that distracts you from that can lead to destruction.

What I find interesting, once we moved the bird’s nest, she was no longer distracted.

The same applies to us: when we set our feet on a path, and refocus our lives, we are no longer sidetracked.

I encourage you today to direct your path and remove the distractions keeping you from what lies ahead!

Lord, we need you to redirect our path today. Remove all that has distracted us from You and give us fresh perspective of every situation. May we see You glory when we work towards following You in all that we do. Amen.

Tiffany Heth

Tiffany is the mother to four amazing children, all God’s miracle to their family, and she cherishes every moment given her to be with them. John, Tiffany’s husband, and their family make their home in Iowa, where they minister to a congregation of fellow believers. Tiffany is not only a breast-feeding, cloth-diapering mother and a pastor’s wife, but she takes great joy in nourishing her family with the wild game that they have been fortunate enough to harvest. “How great is the Father’s love for us that we shall be called children of God, for that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1

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