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Timothy Griffin: Looking Up

Road Kill

(Timothy Griffin)
August 3, 2012

looking_up.jpgWhile driving down the highway the other day, I had to swerve to avoid a relatively large carcass, or what is more commonly known as road kill. While it is not uncommon to see road kill, I was immediately fascinated by the animal in question. It was a vulture.

This large, unsightly bird of prey is known to have excellent flight ability and keen eyesight. So, again, it struck me as strange that the vulture would have succumbed to the wheels of a vehicle.

But as I later researched vultures, I found that vultures will often gorge themselves to the point of a sleepy stupor. At such a time, they may be reduced to sitting sluggishly and allowing their food to digest.

So, in essence, I concluded that one of two things happened: This bird, that has an almost unmatched ability to soar became so engrossed in what it was eating that it failed to see the impending danger in time or it had gorged itself so thoroughly that it was incapable of doing what should have come naturally when the time came – fly.   turkey-vulture_resized.jpg

I am reminded of a popular inspirational song penned by a secular artist several years ago entitled, “I Believe I Can Fly”.  The premise of the song is that there is nothing he can’t do by leaning on the everlasting arms and looking inside himself. While the song is not theologically overpowering, there is a bit of spiritual truth to it.

Throughout scripture, we are told over and over again of the power we have through Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Similarly, Isaiah 40:31 tells us “those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Unfortunately, many Christians live their lives like the vulture I’ve spoken of. They get so focused on dead things that before they know it, they wind up road kill as well.

Our gaze should always remain focused above so that we are not rundown or run over by things that should have no power over us.

Keep looking up – Pastor Tim