Sunday, February 27, 2005

The Way Out

If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkably nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.

A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.

In many ways, there are lots of people like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee. They are struggling about with all their problems and frustrations, not ever realizing that all they have to do is look up.

Thank you Zina for the email that is posted above, and thank you Junie for supplying the link to The Rope. Click on to title to see a wonderful Sunday message. I am going to let two friends take credit for today's post, so that I can work on getting this computer hooked to cable.
Lessons learned on Thursday will join ones learned today to mark a real growth in knowledge. What I viewed as an obstacle during the first moments of panic and frustration will become a solid bridge, linking me to the next phase of this journey.
Deexx I got your back, sugar, but I know I am not the only one who stands solidly behind you. Every reader here that has followed your comments will stand with me in support of your journey. That is what this place is all about. That's what friends are for, and many friends are gathered here, cheering you on.