"Do now, do now, what you will wish to have done when your moment comes to die." [St. Angela Merici]

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Taking a Risk From on High

By Micky Wolf
What you can’t see from the photograph is distance. Height. It’s about twenty-five feet to solid ground below this backyard-squirrel family homestead.
Now it’s not that I believe these furry creatures have long, meaningful conversations sitting around a pile of nuts on the center of the breakfast table.
Nevertheless, imagine, with me, for a moment, how such an encounter might unfold. Let’s use the metaphor of a typical American family with two young children. The oldest is beginning to leave the nest without adult supervision, the youngest is all ears and eyes observing big sister.
“Okay if I go to Annabelle’s for the afternoon?” Oldest
“Sure. Be back in time for dinner.” Mom
“Wow, it’s really windy today. Got to watch where I walk.” Oldest
“No problem. You’ll be fine. Just don’t look down.” Mom
“Right. So, what you doing today?” Oldest
“Going with your brother. He’s learning how to fly from limb to limb. Doing better, but he has some timing issues.” Mom
“Yeah, that last splat he took was pretty nasty. His tail was bent funny for a week.” Oldest
“You had your fair share, eh? Like I’ve told you more than once—when you forget about moving forward, you spend too much time looking behind or below. Doesn’t work.” Mom
“Uh-huh. Well, he’ll figure it out. Can’t spend the rest of his life sitting here, even if it’s a really nice pile of twigs and leaves. Gotta go!” Oldest
So, fellow sojourner, how are you going to spend the gift you’ve been given of this moment, this day?
Sittin’?  Or taking a risk to move forward and be the person God has created you to be?


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