Whit’s End: Navigating

I read a Q&A Saturday in the magazine Birdwatching that stuck out to me.  A subscriber asked the editors,


I understand that during night migration many birds die by hitting buildings.  If the buildings are lit up at night, why don’t birds just go around like they do during the day?



The quick-answer version is that when birds travel at night they get disoriented by the many different lights of the cities and buildings that compete with the moon and the stars—their celestial GPS.  At night, the extreme darkness is their greatest ally as the heavens are their clearest, guiding them to where they are traveling.  So the problem?  Too many lights.


We have them too—distracting illuminations that take away from the guidance of God, pulling us this way and that, and eventually leading us into a dead end.  


There’s 2 things I want to point out:

  1. The darkness of life and the mystery of God is actually a blessing in disguise.  For, when it is dark, then God shines the brightest.  When we remove from our view the many things that cloud our judgment, distract our hearts, and lead us astray, we then are free to see the guiding light that is the Holy Spirit calling us forward, upward, homeward.
  2. Then, Jesus must remain our navigating–light, the One we keep our eye on for our bearings and our travel.  “…let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith,” Hebrews 12.1,2.  When we keep our eyes on Jesus, we walk upon the water as Peter.  But when the we let the wind and the waves compete with our gaze upon the Christ, we run the risk of flying straight into a building, or in Peter’s case falling into the depths.


Turn off the lights, get rid of distractions.  Let the darkness be an ally for the light of God to shine.  Have a GREAT week!



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