Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Migration

I've been enjoying robins in my backyard the past several weeks. Huge flocks, hundreds at a time, alight on the winter brown grass to load up on my backyard worms. Robins aren't native to Louisiana. They're migrating; following their innate call to journey north for the summer.

Seeing these robins, as well as many other species of migrating birds, causes me to pause and think about my own journey. Is not life itself one long continuous migration? For without a sense of journey, there'd be no adventure, no joy, no new exciting experiences, no stories. No purpose. Where am I being called to go, not only physically, but spiritually, relationally? What am I called to do?

Today, only a few straggler robins remain in the yard. The majority have flown northward, continuing their journey. Did the dawdlers sleep in the morning their flock took flight? Or might they be the wise birds, intuitively aware that it's still cold and snowy up north, the ground still frozen? In due time, they'll find their way. How about you? Where are you going?

9 comments:

Luke said...

Nice analogy. A question I ask myself often.

Jan Rider Newman said...

Interesting thoughts.

Kimberly said...

Angie,
I found your robins. They are all in my backyard!

Great thoughts about just what we are "doing" with our lives. I am striving to always be "doing" something with the gifts He has given to me.

Angie Kay Dilmore said...

I love seeing the robins. They remind me of home. I hope they don't all leave too soon.

GerdieMom said...

Glad to hear they are on there way back. Wish you were coming with them! You pose questions we should ask ourselves often.

Common Household Mom said...

I have been thinking about your questions, which are good ones. But I don't know what my answers are! This might mean that I'm not headed anywhere in particular, or it might mean that it's winter-time both in my head, and on the planet earth.

The birds should definitely stay south of here!

GerdieMom said...

Would you believe I saw a robin here on Friday...poor thing. I invited him inside, but he flew away.

GerdieMom said...

Would you believe I saw a robin here on Friday...poor thing. I invited him inside, but he flew away.

Angie Kay Dilmore said...

He probably flew back to Lake Charles.