By Patrick Hawthorne
A life lived is full of lessons learned. Yes, most of life’s greatest lessons come not from our successes but through the bumps and bruises of our failures. It is how we respond to our failures that will determine future successes.
The other day, as I was preparing equipment to mow my mother’s yard, Mom, with her motherly glee, recounted the tale of a young Wood Pecker who was learning to feed from one of the many bird feeders in the back yard. This young bird had amused Mom because of its unorthodox method for trying to persuade the feeders to release its delicacies. Instead of simply approaching the feeder from the front, where the opening for the food was, this young bird tried every route possible before finally learning the right way to enter in. It was not through criticism of the other birds that the young bird learned, but through the bumps and bruises of the failures it had to endure.
Admittedly, I was not as enthused about this young bird’s plight as was Mom. I might have even uttered something like, “rock head.” With that, Mom did her mom thing and said, “Well son, it’s just a baby learning to feed itself.”
As I mowed grass, the thought of the bird filled my thoughts as did a thought from the Holy Spirit. How many times do we, the Body of Christ, rush to judgment against someone who is new to the faith or is young in the faith because of their untraditional manner for entering into the presence of God? If God is not offended, should we be? Think about it. Be blessed.
14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. 16 And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.
(2 Samuel 6:14-16 KJV)