Waiting involves a crucial step and that is knowing how to recognize the time to act. We await God-given opportunities to act.
While vacationing I read a few entries in 100 Birds and How They Got Their Names. In it, Diane Wells tells us that herons find their nourishment by various means. They feed on water creatures and small land creatures. The Japanese green-backed heron sometimes takes food dropped by humans or feathers to bait fish. They use their feet to remove silt to catch mud dwellers or wiggle a foot to rouse the interest of fish.
By my nature, I am inventive. Like the heron who has various means by which to catch fish, I have realized that I am able to catch the nourishment that I need day by day.
One of my desires is to offer spiritual direction. So I pursued two women to meet with me for direction. I am setting up my own internship.
The lives of birds can inspire us to do what we are able to do now. Is there a bird that draws you into contemplation and action?
Wells tells us that herons are among our most ancient birds. "Our ancestors, who revered them, noticed how high up they fly: 'Where,' wrote Rabanus Maurus in the ninth century, 'they behold forever, the countenance of God.'"
May we each see the countenance of God today.