It was too big. So overwhelming, so expansive, and utterly shocking. If it was possible to feel trapped in an endless amount of space, they felt it.
Two of the cutest things you will ever lay your eyes on are Beatrice and Florence. Our new to the world Polish chicks have spent the first few weeks of their lives in their brooder. Safe and secure in a room. No grass, no creepy crawlies, and no scary outdoor noises. So when they ventured outside for the first time, they realized the world was not as they thought it to be.
By their reactions it was evident that they preferred their pine shavings contained in a tote rather than the ground contained in limitless space.
The first little while they were nervous. However, after several outdoor adventures, closely supervised freedom is beginning to grow on them each day. They are catching bugs like tiny professional foragers. They scratch the ground as though it is necessary to do so to find tasty treats. These adorable beings are reminding us how amazing it is to witness instincts at work. When the time comes we are confident that they will blend in well with the older flock.
Until that time comes, their introductions to a new world will become more frequent. Their old reality will soon give way to the true life they were meant to live.
This is a parallel I could not ignore. We live our daily realities as though this is all there is. It’s easy to do isn’t it? After all, we are sensory seeking folks. What we see and hear often defines what we think “really is.”
If only we could grasp the concept of the true life we are meant to live. A life in the spirit. A life of freedom. A life completely focused on eternity rather than this temporary residence. Our understanding of the circumstances and experiences in our lives are usually blurred by our dependence on human logic.
“The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.”- 1 Corinthians 2:14
We are reminded that our focus only on what things “look like” is a dangerous thing. It is also very tiring. If we think that our problems or even our earthly treasures are all there is, we become prisoners to a fake reality. We begin to prefer pine shavings and a tote rather than green grass and blue skies.
Our Savior wants us to abundantly breathe in the eternal truth. We are here to fulfill a purpose he has given us. A task, if you will. Many tasks, at that! In order to do that, His Spirit in us must rule and reign. His purpose must be our purpose. His focus must be our focus. We will then be able to discern and understand. We will then learn that there will be some things we just won’t understand until we take up residence in our new home. How freeing is this!
Beatrice and Florence will soon realize what it is like to fall asleep in a luxury chicken coop and wake up to endless foraging opportunities. They will bask in the sun and relax in glorious dust baths. They will experience the world as it truly is.