As I sat at a red light the
other day, waiting very impatiently for it to change, I saw a bird sitting
all alone on a telephone wire. The fact that it was all alone wasn't
necessarily what drew my eye to it - nor that it was sitting precisely
in the center of the line rather than near the pole. What caught
my eye was the strange movement of the wire itself, and the bird's flapping
As I sat there, drumming my fingers on the steering wheel, that bird continued to flap its wings, but not letting go of the wire! It looked strangely pathetic and comical all at the same time. The silly creature was flapping for all it was worth, yet hanging on so tight to the wire that it wasnt going anywhere. Finally, it let loose, and took off in flight - and looked so graceful and free that I felt tears well up in my eyes. Then I heard the sound of a car horn honking behind me, and saw my green light.
As I drove on, I giggled at myself. I had been so stressed trying to get everything done, nervous and aggitated to be sitting at a red light - but seeing that bird hanging on so tight to its own detriment, and finally freeing itself, had released my own tension!
I've thought about bird several times since then, especially when I find myself "hanging on" and yet feeling stressed. I'm noticing how evident it is that when I hang on to the wrong things for security or whatever, I find myself quite miserable. But when I let go and do what God had intended for me to do all along, there is a joyous freedom!