I was positiveâ€¦something lay dead on the beach just ahead ofÂ me. The evidence was clear- the area was covered with vultures. Â As IÂ drew near, I could see the remains of a Â large dead sea turtle. Itâ€™sÂ skull remained, but all of the flesh was gone, and the birds wereÂ feasting on some remains inside the cracked shell.
The birds were very bold and unafraid, standing their groundÂ until I was within a yard or so of their meal. Â I took a good look,Â and, I must say, those birds really repulsed me. Â Their black feathersÂ seemed all askew, not sleek and smooth like the blackbirdsâ€™. Some hadÂ red marking around their beak, reminding me of the flesh they wereÂ eating. Â Their beaks were curved and foreboding looking- ready to digÂ into the dead and rotting sea turtle remains.
I was really quiteÂ appalled by the scene, and those ugly birds made me cringe! Â I preferÂ the delightful, chirpy, pretty birds- those which are pleasing to theÂ eye and sing a melody for me to listen to.
But then I thought, GodÂ made all the birds, and for each one He gave a purpose. That purposeÂ may be spreading seed, giving beauty to the eye of the beholder, orÂ perhaps, even being the clean up crewâ€¦. the scavengers who pick awayÂ at dead animal remains.
Just as God made all kinds of birds, He made all kinds ofÂ people. Some are more lovely on the outside than other, and some haveÂ â€œcleanerâ€ jobs than others. Â However, each person has a purpose forÂ being on this earth. I am thankful God sees through His eyes of love as He looksÂ down upon humanity. Â He sees each of us with the potential He gave us,Â not judging us by our looks or the â€œdelightfulnessâ€ of our jobs.
My vision is shallow and slanted, even when I observe Godâ€™sÂ creatures. Â How wrong for me to be so judgmental.
I pray God willÂ give me eyes and a heart to see beauty in all of His creation ..notÂ just what I deem deserving. Â Likewise, I want to see and admire peopleÂ for who they are.. children of God, made in His image.
– – – written by Marion Smith