Unsocial Distancing

House finches waiting their turn (photo: Craig Sabin)
Social distancing's quite the thing,
Even the birds are in the swing.
Wait in line a perch apart;
Safety, now, is quite an art,
Until some cad cuts in the line,
Then suddenly it's fightin' time!

Watching these male house finches with their orderly behavior, waiting their turn at the feeder, put me in mind of the measures currently in practice at most grocery stores and medical offices. Then, in short order, decorum deteriorated and they scuffled for positional dominance. They don’t call it “pecking order” for nothing.

If we’re honest, we all share those same baser instincts, which are deeply ingrained into our inborn natures. Some justify selfish behavior at the expense of others by claiming we live in a godless universe where each must look out for his own interests, as I once did. Sadly, this assertion just compounds the magnitude of our sin by adding to it the outrageous denial of the very existence of the God who graciously gave us life and in whom we have our being.

Some who deny God have said to me, “If God really exists, why doesn’t he show himself?” Ironically, he has! In an unprecedented and mind-boggling act of divine revelation, he took on flesh and came as the man Christ Jesus, fully showing the world what selfless, forgiving, redeeming love looks like – willingly suffering death on a cross, and taking upon himself the sins of all who turn to him in faith.

He opened the grave, rose from the dead, ascended to heaven, and is now calling all men to lay down their sin and follow him. He grants a new heart and a new nature to all who answer his call, regardless of their past, and unites himself to them forever. Do you hear him calling you from a life of selfishness to a life of love?

“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

Jesus, recorded in Matthew Chapter 7, Verses 12-14

Footnote: I would like to acknowledge both Dawn at Drawing Closer to Christ and Matt at Jesusluvsall’s Blog for their gracious recognition of my modest creative efforts on this blog (in the form of award nominations). They both have excellent, encouraging blogs with large followings that I greatly enjoy and highly recommend.

House finches wait on a perch (photo: Craig Sabin)

6 thoughts on “Unsocial Distancing

  1. So true if everyone was patient, caring, and forgiving like the bible teaches the world would be a much better place. Enjoyed the photo of the house finches patiently waiting.

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  2. I’ve heard that same question many times in various forms. They wonder why a loving God would allow this or that. But we can see His glory all around us. He is sovereign and in control. Thanks Craig, I enjoyed reading this. Thanks also for mentioning my blog and the award nomination. 😊

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    1. Amen. His ways are higher than ours and His paths are beyond tracing out, but by faith we know He is wise and good and bends all things to His providential will. God bless!

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