Chasing Birds

4 Apr

I should’ve included my dog in my intro post because I think I’ll refer to him in a few posts. He is a Golden Retriever/Lab mix and he’s almost 5 months old now. He’s full of energy, and he’s the best.

My dog and I go for walks every day, and in the midst of those walks he manages to incorporate sudden bursts of sprinting. Our sprints usually last a few seconds until herealises that he is not going to catch the bird he’s chasing. You’d think he’d learn his lesson and just stop chasing birds, but with every bird he sees it’s as if it’s a brand new experience for him, and maybe this time he’ll bring home the prize. Together, he and I have chased countless birds and have never even come close to one of them. Every time he loses one, he looks back at me with disappointment in his eyes as if to blame me for slowing him down. Maybe he’s right, maybe it’s me, or maybe it’s simply the fact that birds have wings and we don’t. I look forward to the day that the little guy learns to stop chasing the birds and just enjoy the walk.

We do that sometimes too, don’t we? We live our lives chasing after pointless things that will never truly satisfy us. God has blessed us with so many things for our enjoyment, but we have a tendency to get distracted and start chasing after one or a few of these things and forget to focus on the things that really matter. 1 John 2:15-17 explains the exact point I’m trying to make,

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions – is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”

I pray that we would not give in to our urge to chase after things that are passing away, and instead, stay focused on our journey home.

2 Responses to “Chasing Birds”

  1. Julian Freeman April 4, 2012 at 10:10 AM #

    Amy, great post. I remember thinking similar thoughts when I was preaching about the fall in Genesis 3. Adam and Eve had been given everything that was beautiful and good… but they couldn’t control their desire for the one thing that they didn’t have. And it ruined them (and us). How much better to be content with what God gives us!

    On another note, I’m really surprised you didn’t include the Makebe Liefs in this post. Striving for something they can never attain seems to be their mantra. 😉

    • amy April 4, 2012 at 6:29 PM #

      Dear Julian, your predictability and consistency is comforting. I hate to do this but…please refer to the NHL standings for my response to your comments. Ouch 😉

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