Post by Louise Brooks
Outside my kitchen window, in a tree at the edge of my little Arlington backyard, there was a bird that sat on a branch. But this bird was so still that I thought it was simply a leaf shaped like a bird. I spent at least one full minute staring out the window in study and examination as my thoughts fluttered between being sure that what I saw was a leaf . . . no, a bird! Wait! Then – just when I squinted hard enough to see that, yes, indeed, it was just a leaf shaped like a bird – it flew away.
I am stunned by the stillness of this bird. Not a twitch or a ruffle or a song to hint at what it is. Just a bird. At rest. And I am convinced once again that if I, too, were more like this bird – still, at rest, not distracted – not only would I have better eyesight, but then I, too, could fly.
“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
“The LORD gives sight to the blind.” (Psalm 146:8)
“My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare.” (Psalm 25:15)