Saturday, October 20, 2007


This is a reminder to all of us that we are living in a world full of sweet temptations to fall into the pit of evil, be it a wrong thought, a wrong deed, a envious glance, we all maybe very well aware, but still feel that it is harmless, n its o.k. sometimes. God is ever forgiving, but I think we should inculcate the habit of our heart nudging us everytime something wrong passes us ....that is the only way we can get rid of the seemingly harmless habit.

BIRD’S EYE VIEW - by Charlene Friesen

"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful" (Colossians 4:2).

I've got a bird's eye view to a picture that is larger than life. My birdbath offers free access to the Wildlife and Learning Channel. It's a wild kingdom out there, for both the birds and me.

Hot days, of course, are a busy day at the bath. Chipper robins, gangster blue jays and nervous chickadees jostle in line, waiting their turn for a cool drink and a refreshing splash.

Although the birds differ in size, personality, and color, they have one thing in common: a deliberate course of action. No bird dares fly directly to the birdbath. They spend a good five minutes on the clematis arbor, head bobbing up and down, body shifting to and fro, making sure the area is secure. Preparing for a bath is serious business.

Once the coast is clear, one bold robin perches on the edge of the bath. Prancing about the perimeter, he carefully scans the neighboring plants and grass, even giving me the once over through the window.

He then steps into the middle of the bath, sinking up to his chest. "Aah!" he seems to say, hunkering down in the cool water, fluffing his entire body for a good soak. He may seem relaxed, but his head never stops moving, eyes always scanning for the unpredictable, the unknown.

After the soak it's time to scrub. Safety first, of course, as one final glance precedes a furious flapping of wings. Every inch is scrubbed, the vigorous cleansing splashing water onto my deck. Between scrubbings, he continues to look about, his keen eyes not missing a thing.

Bath time done, he chooses a perch and flies to the safety of a maple tree. Quite the ritual, but if robin redbreast wasn't cautious, he may never make it home for dinner.

Unlike the robin, a comforting soak may be our only time to relax and clear our head. But once we leave the steamy confines of the bathroom, we're fair game to inappropriate TV shows and music, unhealthy friendships and the like. Satan roams the earth like a lion, seeking to destroy those who are hungry for God. He is hungry for our character and for our hearts.

Approach life like the robin - head up, aware of the surroundings. Also take heed of the spiritual surroundings; our walk with Jesus Christ directly affects our walk on earth. Placing both feet on God's path heightens our awareness of unhealthy situations and the dastardly motives of Satan.

Like the robin, you'll never be able to avoid all of the pitfalls and dangers that lurk, but make every effort to be vigilant in life, by choosing to be deliberate in your faith.


Rina said...

Shella dear, keep on this good work...

Sig said...

Great post Shella! And thanks for all the lovely comments on my blog :)

Cynthia said...

Shella, I enjoyed this post.

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

good thoughts, Shella..long time, nosee..??

Shella said...

Rina - thanks dear.

Sig - thanks for dropping by Sig. Its always nice to have the "cream of blog world" come visiting your blog!!

Every comment I left was well deserved by you

Cynthia - thank you dear.

Sona - I know my home connections' been giving me problems, n have not been keeping very well lately too. So no good cooking being done as such.

Bharathy said...

Shella,nice to see a malayalee blog start up..:)I enjoyed this post..
Thanks for the valuable comments in my place,Shella :)

Shella said...

Thanks Bharaty for dropping by. You are always welcome dear.

Latha Narasimhan said...

That was a nice writeup!:) In the tamil movie anniyan there is a dialogue which means wrong doing cannot be classified as big or small. all wrongs are same. Most people think cheating or a wrong doing in a small way is ok. later on they become immune to it like how we have reconciled that some things cannot be done with out bribing the authorities! You want a telephone connection, you need to bribe. you want to register your house, you have to bribe! those who question this are considered mad! What a pity!:(