By Brad Campbell –
Just a thought to help start your week.
In our side yard stands this concrete bird bath. It has been there for several years. Sometimes, especially after a good rain, it is full of water. The birds especially love this. When the old knobby pears from the nearby tree begin to fall, some landing in the bird bath, it becomes a place that one beautiful little gray fox loves to visit, of course shared with the squirrels and an occasional deer.
The deer, not quite so gentle in their eating habits, have knocked the top off of that bird bath several times, and there are chips in the concrete to show it. I would also assume, considering the extreme nosiness of our cat and the occasional ‘possum, that they are frequent visitors upon that lofty perch, too.
And then there’s me. I have used it many times, as you can see here, as a flower stand. Place a pot of petunias or some such plant on it, water it well, and it will grow and extend down into the birdbath and beyond as it drapes over the sides.
That old simple concrete bird bath has become so much more. One might say it has been repurposed. Perhaps even multi-purposed. Even with the dents and dings, weather-stained colorization, and plain looks, it is as strong as ever, and it enters each and every spring-time never knowing what is in store for it. All it has to do is stand — and adapt.
God the Father sometimes repurposes (or perhaps many more times multi-purposes) us. This doesn’t necessarily mean we weren’t good at what we have previously done. It just means we can branch out into something new. A new opportunity to bring joy to others. A new chance to make a difference in our community. Another chance to stand tall, allow the beauty and creativity of the Father to shine, and be a blessing to those who take notice, even if they are few and far between.
Stand and adapt. What does your future hold this week?
Just a thought.