On the fifth day of creation, God added fish and birds to the emerging ecosystem.
The role of each in community runs the gamut. On the one hand, there are both birds and fish that are predatory, devouring other living things around them. The community does not like them because they represent death.
At a midpoint, there are species that serve the larger community. The raven family is appreciated by wild life in general for their watchman role in advising the community when predators approach.
On the marine side, there are small fish like this who serve larger fish by grooming them.
But when birds or fish do community on a vast scale, it is emotionally gripping for us as spectators and probably for them as participants. Savor the beauty of these two videos.
Imagine the Giver tribe operating as a tribe, flowing in community with this kind of grace, joy and life.
Unfortunately, when most of us think of the Givers in our midst, the dominant frame that gets put around them is an independent spirit. This is the reality of how many Givers choose to live – in a lightly adversarial relationship with the communities around them.
However, it is not how God designed them to live. He began with the Giver Abraham, but God’s design was for the one to become a nation, and for the nation to fit into the community of nations, becoming a major source of life to the entire global population.
We have a choice. We can see the current reality of Givers who fall short of that majestic, blessed flow in community, and accept that as the way it is. Or we can go back to the original template and press in for the Givers in our midst to transcend the solitary model and learn to move with the grace and majesty of the flocks of birds and schools of fish.
Join me in a prayer that defies history and stands on God’s design instead.
Copyright December 2015 by Arthur Burk
From the Hub, on a quiet morning