Getting Ahead: Where to look

By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Columnist

Early one winter morning, I was standing in our kitchen looking out the window and I noticed a robin sitting in one of our holly bushes. It was only about 11 degrees and everything was covered with snow eight to 12 inches deep.

As I sipped my coffee I could not help but wonder where that robin was going to get something to eat. Robins usually peck around in the ground to get their food and there was no way that he could scratch through snow that deep.

Yet, as I kept watching him, I realized that he looked well fed and full of energy. As a matter of fact, he seemed to really be enjoying the cold early morning. Obviously he was getting food from somewhere that I could not see.

As I continued to look out the window at the snow, I began to think of the times in my life when everything seemed to be covered up just as the snow had covered everything that morning.

Going through those times I could not see any provision in my life. I was not capable of digging through all of “the stuff” and finding what I needed.

Are we like that robin and the provision we need is not where we are presently?

Would that robin have starved to death if all he did was to sit in the holly bush and look at the snow that was too deep to scratch through? I remember reading that birds do not worry about where their food comes from because it is provided for them.

Are we not much more valuable than the birds? Do we need to quit looking through the window that we have always looked through and go to where the provision is?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets in the Washington High School Gymnasium at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry on the third floor above Trends at 120 West Court Street.

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Columnist