Sunday, August 6, 2017
The White Egg on the Sidewalk
Walking along the shrub-lined entrance to my favorite Target store, I spotted a cracked white egg on the sidewalk - a bird's egg. I looked into the bush to my right to discover, deep inside the branches, hidden from casual passersby, the tail of a dove sitting on a nest.
I watched this beautiful scene for a few minutes, but saw no activity. The bird sat motionless.
I finally left and headed into the store with lots of questions.
"Was there really a dove in this bush outside a busy Target?"
"How could the bird find enough sticks to make a nest in an area surrounded by concrete and blacktop?"
"Were eggs in the nest?"
"If so, how could birds hatch in such a noisy environment?"
Half an hour later, finished with my shopping, I walked by the egg again. I stopped to peek in the bush and the dove was looking at me. "Got little ones in there?" I asked. She just stared.
I smiled and stepped back. On my way home I carried this precious image of serenity and peace. I marveled how the dove discovered a secluded spot in a bush with noise and confusion coming from children and adults walking on the sidewalk; with construction of a new pizza place less than 200 feet away that brought the rumble of bulldozers and cranes; cars zooming by, with horns beeping occasionally; airplanes flying overhead - in other words, she was raising a family surrounded by noise everywhere.
The dove reminded me that it is possible to find a still, quiet place within my heart where God resides, despite the noise that I hear every day. If a dove can find such solace in a bush close to a busy store, I can too!
1. In your busy life, where do you find peace and quiet?
Prayer: God, thank you for reminders from animals that show us the way to life with you. Amen.