In the movie Hook, Peter Pan lost his ability to fly. To get it back he needed a happy thought. Peter's happy thought was his children. For 38 years, when I lose my ability to fly, when life has me down, my happy thought has been Barbara, my wife, partner, lover, best friend, companion and my all. Happy Anniversary, Barbara Ann.
There are times when I feel like the Children of Israel wandering in the desert. I just seem to walk and walk and walk but never get anywhere. It is during these times that I have to remind myself to look for the blessings of God. It is especially in the wilderness that God comes through yet it is harder to see them because of all that heat and dust and just downright misery. Face it; wastelands are not fun places to be. But take it from a guy who has been in the desert far too many times for his own liking, you have to stop wandering once in a while and take a look around. You will see God. He leaves little trails of manna and quail scattered about and always provides fresh pool of water at just the right moment. So do not forget when you are wondering around in whatever constitutes a desert for you, keep your head up so you do not miss God and His blessings. And don’t forget to pack your sunscreen.
Calvin told me this story.
Once upon a time there was a duck who wanted to rule the chicken coop so he told everyone in the barnyard that he was a chicken. He especially told the chickens that he was a chicken but they did not believe him. The horse refused to call him a chicken and so did the pigs. Now the sheep, who was the dumbest of the farm animals, he did not even believe the duck was a chicken.
Finally the duck asked, “What can I do to prove that I’m a chicken?”
“Do a chicken thing,” replied the cow. Since she was the smartest of the animals who roamed around the barn everyone agreed with her.
The duck thought for a moment then knew what he must do. He summoned the entire farm to meet him at the end of the lane. So it was that every animal gathered at the entrance to the farm where the duck stood proudly.
“Today, let it be known that I am a chicken,” proclaimed the duck. With that, he stepped out onto the road.
SMACK, a truck appeared out of nowhere and then vanished into the distance. To the surprise of the farm animals, the duck was gone.
One mile down the road, two startled men sat in the cab of a truck.
“What was that?” asked the driver.
The passenger stared intently out the front window. Feathers and little else remained of the duck. “Judging from the feathers," he said, "I’d say you hit a chicken.”
“What makes you think it was a chicken just from a few feathers?”
“Who else would cross the road to get to the other side?”
And so it was that the duck became a chicken.
Okay, well Calvin thought it was funny.
"To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, 'If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'" John 8:31-32