There he sat…leisurely basking in the sun in the middle of his prey.
The turkeys grazing in the field next to our house is not an uncommon occurrence. So as I drove past the field leaving my house the other day, I was not surprised to see the turkeys grazing in the still green grass. What did surprise me was what was sitting in the middle of the flock. A predator.
It is not a unique sight to see a coyote close to our home. In fact, in broad daylight they have been seen nonchalantly walking along the drive next to our house. But to see one sitting in his recliner, reading the newspaper with a coffee cup in paw as prey danced around him was quite a sight to see.
OK, the coffee cup and newspaper are a bit exaggerated. But I still believe he was lounged in a recliner…
In his presence stood breakfast, lunch, and supper for weeks to come. He chose not to make the most of this opportunity. Seize the moment? This coyote was content to sip his coffee. My thought was that he was either taunting them, infiltrating their camp as a spy, or trying to be part of the flock. Our bird dog tries to be part of the chicken flock all the time. I finally came to the assumption that the coyote surely must not have been hungry at the time. We tend to think wild animals merely hunt for the thrill, when they, rather, hunt to survive. So when you don’t want to eat them, why not hang out with them a while?
To look upon a scene such as a relaxed coyote surrounded by turkeys, one word would probably come to anyone’s mind- “opportunity”…and maybe “weird”. But let’s focus on “opportunity”.
I doubt there are many people out there who would say they want to live an average life. By our human nature, most of us want our lives to be full and prosperous. Good news. God wants this for us, as well. In order for this to be accomplished, we must make the most of our opportunities.
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”- Ephesians 5:15-17
You get out of your average bed, put on your average clothes, eat your average breakfast, get in your average car, and go to your average job. You interact with average people, eat an average lunch…I think you see where I am going with this. Opportunity? Purpose? Seize the moment? Where, you may ask, would this fit into my average day?
Look back at Ephesians 5. “…Making the most of every opportunity”…It does not say to make the most of opportunities if you get any. It does not tell us we have to try to make opportunities happen. It says to be careful how we live…our everyday lives. Be wise in our everyday lives. Because in our everyday lives, opportunities will come to us.
Opportunity does not have to look like a new career, a promotion, or a record deal. If we are only looking for these types of opportunities, we will be disappointed at every turn. The full life God wants for us comes in the day to day living we do anyway. Opportunities to love, to forgive, to succeed, to learn from failure, to give, to receive, to help, to be like Jesus. Opportunities to be seized or opportunities to be ignored. It is up to us.
Coyotes and turkeys, bird dogs and chickens. Control and opportunity at their finest.