Birds on a Wire

A line of birds always settle on the wire every morning. It’s the wire that sways over the green pastures of Olsen’s Grain. Sometimes, twenty or thirty doves balance on the wire. One morning a hawk glided through the sky, across the highway, and plopped himself on the wire. Ten or so birds fluttered in panic into the sky, and settled again a safe distance from the hawk on the same wire.

I laughed as I drove to work. I laughed, too, because no one else would have noticed this scene play out. The people around me drove fast towards the edge of town. Some of them were putting on their make-up. Others were sipping coffee with the music on the radio. Some frown at the road in front of them, always angry. They strive to be the first car through the round-a-bout and the first car before the second lane disappears and highway 89 becomes one lane again.

That hawk disrupted the peaceful morning of those twenty or so doves. It made me smile. So the next time you drive to work, keep your eyes open and notice what’s going on around you. Don’t be in such a hurry that you miss precious glimpses of life. It doesn’t always pay to be first.

And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”- Mark 10:42-45