The Swan in the Swamp
I was leaving a meeting at my church on Saturday when I noticed an all-too-familiar sight. I noticed the pearly white swan that seems to have made his home in the swampy creek bed next to our church.
Yes… On any given Sunday, if you stare into that swampy, smelly, dirty, green creek bed for any amount of time, you can see it… A gorgeous white swan, swimming, walking, playing, eating (ewwwww), and just plain waddling around in the marshy swamp. But, for some reason, this day… it called out to me. (Figuratively of course) I stopped and stared and wondered.
WHAT THE HECK are YOU doing over there?
You are better than THIS! Why would be waddling around in filth? You should be soaring. You should be LIVING. You are too beautiful to be in such and ugly place.”
I literally wanted to yell out to it. I wanted to shew it and (in my mind anyway) protect it from the creatures that surely ‘belonged’ in a swamp such as this.
I pulled my phone out and snapped a couple of pictures before doing what I knew was right in my heart. ;-) I shook a tree and made the beautiful bird fly away. It didn’t even look twice before spreading it’s gapping wings and flying away.
But, before I could walk away, patting myself on the back, feeling proud to have done something good for the bird, I thought…
Now there is NOTHING BEAUTIFUL in this place. Now, there is no reason to even set your gaze over in that direction. The beauty that was the glowing focal point of the swamp was now gone.
This brought two questions to mind…
How many times have you been in a place that was ugly? A place where you didn’t fit? A place where you knew you didn’t belong? And what was the catalyst that made you get up and get out?
Are you still there??? Are you the only thing beautiful on your job, in your class, in your circle of friends… Are you the only light left in a dark relationship? And what happens when your light runs out???
Talk to me!