I was sitting in my car on a restaurant parking lot, waiting to meet up with some friends for lunch.
Several blackbirds were hopping around the parking lot, looking for something to eat. One of them found something that actually looked like a cigarette butt, but he grabbed it up, and quickly ran underneath an automobile to evaluate his find.
The other birds nearby suddenly noticed that their buddy had found something, and, thinking it was real food, they came running after him, unabashedly intending to steal it away from him.
I moralized about that scene as I watched.
The first blackbird must have instinctively known that if and when he did find some food, he had better quickly get away from everybody else, lest they take it away from him.
"Then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved," Luke 8:12.
That is when it dawned on me how deliberately he had run underneath the automobile. He knew what the others would do. His was an act of self-preservation, and an act to keep what he thought was food.
Then, I surmised that there is so much hunger among blackbirds, and such a scarcity of food, that one morsel of ANYTHING could immediately become a commodity worth fighting for.
That little scene made quite an impression on me at the moment, but it was not until a few weeks later that I learned an even more important lesson from the blackbirds.
I came out of Walmart one day, and got into my car. I saw that in front of me, a blackbird had found a French fry. Immediately, I remembered the previous scene from weeks before. I thought to myself, "He had better get out of sight fast with that French fry, or another bird will steal it away from him."
Before I finished my thought, that exact thing happened. Several other blackbirds swooped down as from out of nowhere, and launched a hungry assault on the guy with the French fry. He ran a few steps, and then flew off as fast as he could with his French fry - all of his buddies in hot pursuit.
The aerial combat only lasted a few seconds, but the biggest part of the French fry was torn from his beak, and only a small portion remained for him to eat. Seconds later, the stolen piece was again severed in combat. In the end, three birds had their share of that French fry.
Since I am forever trying to learn everything I can about life, I again moralized, "The guy with the French fry is always going to be hunted down."
That is actually good news to a preacher of truth, or to any true Christian believer.
In a world where TRUTH (i.e., a French fry) has fallen in the streets, and where LIES (i.e., cigarette butts) seemingly rule the day, sooner or later, people are going to get tired of chasing cigarette butts, and chase furiously after a French fry.
Actually, I believe that most men ARE hungry for truth, but truth is being trampled on the right, and on the left. Nevertheless, if YOU are the guy who holds the truth in your mouth, men will eventually come looking for you.
If you have sacred, divine TRUTH, the day will come when men will fight over themselves to get what you have.
You may not believe what I am saying, but you just wait and see. As this world grows darker and darker and darker, the day is going to soon come that men will risk their lives for one morsel of truth.
Men who make lies their commodity will eventually try to kill the guys who hold the truth.
But men who will tenaciously seek after and cling to the truth about God, the Bible and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, are soon going to become the most sought-after men on earth.
Just remember what I am saying.
You can learn the very same lesson when you watch bugs swarm around a night light. Bugs are not the only creatures who are attracted to a light. Men are attracted to a light. Drive through ANY community late at night and see where people congregate. Watch the kids congregate under the lights on the grocery store parking lot.
If YOU have LIGHT in you, men will eventually be drawn to you. As the world gets darker and darker, the light you possess will have even more appeal to those who are in darkness.
Men are attracted to food. Men are attracted to light.
When the world tires of chasing cigarette butts, they are going to increasingly pursue any guy with a French fry.
Herein is a tragedy. Most men cannot initially tell the difference between a cigarette butt and a French fry. That is why so much phony religion is thriving right now. People are buying into phony religion because they cannot find the real thing. But the day will come - mark my word - when people are going to revolt against cigarette butts, because they will still be empty and hungry. Right now, people will follow anybody who can sing a song, or put on a nice show. But the day will come when somebody is going to scream, “PREACH THE WORD!”
THEN, a guy with a French fry is going to be the most-wanted guy in town.
This all reminds me of Jesus' parable about the ten virgins. The five who were WISE took oil in their vessels for their lamps. The five who were foolish "took no oil with them." At midnight, the call came for them to go out and meet the bridegroom, but those who were foolish had no oil in their lamps.
"And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut." Matthew 25:8-10.
If you find a French fry, hold on to it - tightly. You may be the only bird in town who has something to eat when things get tough.
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