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May 24, 2013

So what do you think God is up to these days?

NORMAN — A little bird tells us

Last Sunday afternoon as I was leaving our church, I noticed a new, 4-foot cross sculpture appeared to be tilting a bit. When I walked out to its ring of river rocks, a small bird began sharply trilling at me.

This little brown and white bird fluffed out her tail feathers in quite an impressive display and trilled ever louder, clearly distressed at my presence. It almost seemed as if she were protecting the cross.

When I backed away, her feathers settled down, but she didn’t take her eyes off me. It took me a few moments to spot the nest of mottled eggs that she was protecting in the rocks. It wasn’t the most ideal place to lay her eggs, although I’ll have to say, as a pastor, I loved the metaphorical implications of building a nest in the shadow the cross. Rain or shine, she’s there, sitting amongst the rocks, faithfully protecting her nest.

As I thought about the question, “So what do you think God is up to these days?” my first inclination was to say, “Have you taken a look out your window lately?!”

I don’t think there is a much prettier place in the entire world than Kansas City in the springtime. God’s handiwork is all around us. But then this little bird came to my mind. The bird reminds me that God is at work every day when faithful, ordinary people are willing to stand up against forces larger than themselves to care for and protect others.

Over the last several weeks, we’ve seen faithful people rush in after the bombs in Boston or the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas. God is in the midst of these actions that we see, “perfect love casting out fear” in the hearts of men and women. I believe that because I believe that God is love, and God’s love is always active, always at work. God is always up to something, whether we notice it or not.

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