|Apr 28, 2016||Birding on Monhegan Island|
|Apr 27, 2016||Who Are You?|
|Apr 26, 2016||Grief|
|Apr 25, 2016||The Idealist|
|Apr 24, 2016||Spring Ball|
|Apr 23, 2016||Psalm 121|
|Apr 22, 2016||Light Shine|
|Apr 21, 2016||My Job's Harder|
|Apr 20, 2016||Love in the Morning|
|Apr 19, 2016||Hope is Healing|
|Apr 18, 2016||We Could Just Eat You Up|
|Apr 17, 2016||Crossing the Street|
|Apr 16, 2016||Jeepers Jumping|
|Apr 15, 2016||Sponge Nose Smarty Fins|
|Apr 14, 2016||Banned by the Church|
|Apr 13, 2016||God is Still Speaking|
|Apr 12, 2016||Discerning|
|Apr 11, 2016||I Wish I Had His Flair and Hair|
|Apr 10, 2016||Not For a Million|
|Apr 9, 2016||Meditation Makes You Smarter|
|Apr 8, 2016||The Screen Door Slammed|
|Apr 7, 2016||The Parenthood Club|
|Apr 6, 2016||Friends Without Benefits-Platonic Love|
|Apr 5, 2016||Agape Love|
|Apr 4, 2016||New Love|
|Apr 3, 2016||A Prayer for the Warrior|
|Apr 2, 2016||Love's a Baby - Storge|
|Apr 1, 2016||Wise Guy|
Title: Birding on Monhegan Island
Date: April 28, 2016
Brazil, Nicaragua and Alaska – nowhere was too far for John to travel to see birds. He walked through raging rainstorms, slogged through mud, and climbed peaks to see a single species.
John’s wife, Liz, although not a zealous birder herself, cheerfully joins him in his travels. Wherever he goes, she follows — at least as far as the nearest café, or cutest cottage.
When a rare Ivory Gull was reported on Monhegan Island, John and Liz rode out on the ferry, planning for an overnight stay. John figured, “It’s a small island, how difficult will it be to spot one bird? No problem.”
The next morning, with binoculars at the ready, he traipsed the island with other birders — all there for the same purpose — hoping to catch a glimpse of the Ivory Gull. Liz slept in, and in a civilized fashion, sipped her morning coffee with a slow enjoyment as she wandered through the village.
On their third morning on Monhegan, with the bird still reported present, John was unwilling to quit, so was off again early on the hunt.
That day, as Liz savored her coffee, the Ivory Gull landed ten feet from her, where it stayed, watching her as she watched it, until she finished her coffee.
John never did see it.
When looking for God, it is often better to stay quiet and not try so hard.
Let’s Pray: Dear God, in our rush and desire for our spiritual moment, we sometimes overlook the obvious – that You are right here, right now. Amen.
Where is God? Always here, and always now.
*Note: Monhegan Island, ME is a small, rocky island ten miles from the nearest mainland and scarcely a square mile in area. It is accessible only by boat and there are no cars or paved roads on the island. Since long before the explorer John Smith visited it in 1614, it was known to Native Americans as a prime fishing area, and today its economy is still ruled by those who make their living from the sea, fishing and lobstering. The year-round population has seldom exceeded 65 in recent times. (Adapted from: http://monheganwelcome.com/.)