Chickens. They make me laugh! These animals kind of remind me of people. Rather busy, waddling about with heads bobbing and turning. Occasionally a fight will break out and feathers fly, but for the most part they co-habitate pretty well, doing what they were created to do....eat and produce more chickens! They are colorful and lively, making interesting sounds by way of squawks, clucks and gutteral purrs. I chuckle when I watch them as they often get agitated with one another, but continue to flock together in a group even when annoyances lead to squabbles!
It is funny that we demonstrate similar mannerisms. We are colorful. We are busy! We bicker and quarrel at times, but continue to need each other. Our space gets invaded and we tend to buck in one way or the other. Sometimes all-out pecking battles occur. But the truth is, we need one another. The truth is we were created in such a way that there is great need for human interaction and touch. Often life challenges us with circumstances that bring injury and we withdraw or put up defenses. Sometimes it is enough that we become angry or feel the need to lash out or deny the need for interaction with others. But still we crave the love of another. Loneliness and isolation is just that....lonely and terribly isolated.
Our human heart was not created to be an island. There are reasons that God said two are better than one! There are reasons that He has called us His family, His children....His bride. When we can accept that loving others is critical and begin to "do unto others" with a heart of our Father as He has done unto us...then we will have...done it unto Him.
There is something so profound and so deep that we must seek in the love of God as He has so loved us! He has put His heart within us when we accept His invitation of salvation. The truth is...it should be HE who lives inside of us. Therefore, even more than we crave human interaction, we crave HIM - and His design is that we find it in one another! Truly each of us has a measure of His artistic sculpting and image! It is HE who we see when we look at each other in love! It is HIS love we find when we admire and recognize our need! It is a mirror of a portion of God Himself when we see His mercy, love, patience, talent and beauty in another.
Unlike chickens, we can find the presence and workings of a loving God inside one another. What a blessing. I would say, let us seek to minimize our bickering and cherish the parts of one another that include His magnificent workings and presence. We are called a temple of the Holy Spirit. Let us allow His presence to radiate from our heart. Practice living in His presence. And find the God that others represent. In doing so, perhaps we would become even more colorful, more representative of the One who first loved us!
"Every song that I write comes from my own personal experience. i believe the role of an artist is to interpret reality through a system of beliefs and a long-term seeking of truth, in your own life and in the world at large." Dan Folgelberg