Many months ago on my way home from work, I drove past beautiful fields of wheat, corn, soybeans and whatever else the farmers were harvesting.
The wind was blowing heavily and with it a crisp chilly smell of winter…
What I noticed in the air was a flock of birds. They were small birds, sparrows perhaps, but what struck me was how all those birds flew together in sync with one another. Turning and gliding without hesitation, without warning, changing direction in an instant, responding to the blow of the wind and taking a path – albeit not a straight one – to their destination wherever it was.
Those birds flew perfectly harmonized, as if they knew exactly what the other were about to do responding gracefully together able to withstand the force and shift of the wind.
It was stunning, and a wonderful picture of how God uses Christians – each of us working together to fill a spot we are created to fill, and albeit not perfectly, but when we choose to follow God’s leading and stand in the spot made only for us using the gift God equipped us with, we work beautifully together through all of life’s ebbs and flows – in sync.
“And he gave… teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be …tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, …Rather, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” Ephesians 4:11-16