I came across this lovely illustration the other day and I think it speaks volumes into how we see the world. Apologies to those who heard it on Sunday, but it is worth reading again.
hummingbird and the vulture fly over our nation's deserts. All vultures see is
rotting meat, because that is what they look for. They thrive on that diet. But
hummingbirds ignore the smelly flesh of dead animals. Instead, they look for
the colourful blossoms of desert plants. The vultures live on what was. They
live on the past. They fill themselves with what is dead and gone. But
hummingbirds live on what is. They seek new life. They fill themselves with
freshness and life. Each bird finds what it is looking for. We all do. - Steve Goodier
So, in response to that story, what are we looking for?
If we look for the bad and negative, we will be sure to find it - we don't have to look far.
However, if we are willing to look for the good in others and in the world, surely we will also find it?
Genesis 37:14-15 - "So he said to him, “Go and see if all is well with your brothers and with the flocks, and bring word back to me.” Then he sent him off from the Valley of Hebron.
When Joseph arrived at Shechem, a man found him wandering around in the fields and asked him, “What are you looking for?”
Living in Grace