Last week I was driving by the lake on my way to work when I noticed movement in the sky. My first thought was that a hawk was chasing a smaller bird, but I slowed down (thankfully there was no traffic behind me) and realized it was a bald eagle chasing a gull.
Yes, we have a few bald eagles living in central Ohio. I’ve seen a nest way up on a power tower, and news of our pair even made the local paper. About two years ago, I was seeing an eagle along my road perched almost every evening on the same dead tree beside the lake. Then that tree went down in a storm and I hadn’t seen the eagle again. I started to wonder if the eagles had moved on, but I wasn’t out with my binoculars hunting them down. They were still there all the time, I just wasn’t looking.
There are other animals in our area that my neighbors swear are out there, but I haven’t seen them. I had thought a pair of coyotes may have moved out since I hadn’t seen them for nearly two years. But around Thanksgiving I saw a big one strolling on our farm. I still haven’t seen any bobcats or black bear, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t there. I just need to start looking harder.
How many things are like this in life? We know they are probably out there, but we don’t take time to get off the beaten path we are on and start looking.
How much could our life experience be enhanced if we’d just try a different flavor of ice cream, drive another route home, make a new friend, etc.? How much could our spiritual life be rejuvenated if we’d just try reading a different part of the Bible instead of our “favorite” passages, if we visit another church for a special service, join a new study group, etc.? How much could our writing be revitalized if we attend a writer’s conference, learn a new research method, join a new critic group, etc.?
It is when we get into a routine that we stop seeing the new and amazing things that are all around us.
My challenge to you this week is to get off your beaten path and start looking for new experiences that could very well jolt you out of a rut you may be spinning in.
(who lost 5 pounds during her first week of cleansing)