First let me clarify, I don’t remember ever seeing a bluebird near our home in winter. Lots of cardinals flitter about, but bluebirds? Nada.
Last week searching for something in my bedroom, I heard tapping on the window. After a minute or two I looked over. A birdie latched onto the window screen, ho hum. But when birdie persisted, tap, tap, tap, I went over for a closer look.
A BLUEBIRD was hanging out on my window! As faithful readers know, my precious mama loved bluebirds. Sightings remind me of her.
When Mr. Bluebird saw he had my undivided attention, he flew down to the ground. Preening one way then another, he showed off his glorious blue hues. To my great delight he flew up on a branch close to my window. Tweet, tweet, tweet! After five minutes he flew off to carry joy to someone else.
Virginia, you may ask, what does this have to do with Lent? A question that begs the question, are we open to wonder and possibility this season? Lent is like winter, dull and gray – fasting, ashes and abstinence – a bleak season of saying “no.”
Are we open to hear God tapping on the windows of our hearts? Can we drop things that press us down for a few ticks to dwell in worshipful wonder?
Lent can also be a season of saying “yes.” For the 40 days of Lent are we open to the possibility of what God can do in us? Are we willing to make (more) time for God in our lives, to open the windows of our hearts wide to encounter the hues of God’s mercy, grace and beauteous love?
“Knowing Thou needest this form, as I Thy divine inspiration, knowing Thou shapest the clay with a vision and purpose divine, so would I answer each touch of Thy hand in its loving creation, that in my conscious life Thy beauty and power may shine.” Christopher P. Cranch
grace, peace & beauteous bluebirds
p.s. Once again Virginia will attempt a post-a-day gig during Lent – a quote, picture, spiritual thought (or two.) I realize many friends and readers come from different faith traditions, but I hope you will join me on this journey to Easter, the victory of Heaven’s Hope. Spreading a little more Hope these days = a good thing!