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If you put a buzzard in a pen six or eight feet square and entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of his ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of ten or twelve feet. Without space to run, as is his habit, he will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.

A Bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies–unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.

In many ways, there are lots of people like the buzzard, the bat, and the bee. They are struggling about with all their problems and frustrations, not realizing that the answer is right there “above” them.  — Author Unknown


This message was in my inbox tonight, and as I was culling through my messages (deciding which ones to delete and skip entirely!), the subject-line caught my eye.  You see, we’re in a desperate place right now, awaiting our relocation.  We have a job for which we’re grateful (it beats being unemployed), but which is so much less than fulfilling both emotionally and monetarily.  And so we long for this new path we’ll walk down with our relocation North.  it’s easy to get frustrated and discouraged while we wait, so we continue to look up–because we know that a delay isn’t a denial.  We know what we’re supposed to do and where we’re supposed to do it–it’s just a matter of looking up and seeing that our ‘salvation’ is above.  And it IS coming.

So if you’re in a desperate place like we are, be sure to look up.  The way out of your pit is likely above you, instead of to the side or below you.  And when you do look up, be sure to see the One Who is waiting to help you out of the desperate place.  :).

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