Monday, June 8, 2009

In the Right Place

I had this whole post all figured out until I started to do a little research. Did you know there's no such thing as a seagull? I didn't. I've always called those annoying birds in parking lots seagulls, but that's just some kind of nickname. Regardless of their true name (you can look here if you are really interested), I don't like them. They make a mess of parking lots, they don't get out of the way, and why aren't they at the lake anyway? Aren't they supposed to be diving for fish in the sea or something? No wait, they aren't seagulls. Maybe they are parkinglotgulls. Have I mentioned I don't like them?

Something changed in my opinion of these creatures this past weekend. I took a half day off work, got in my car, and drove. I went west and stopped right before I hit the water. It was a nice, sunny day, a bit cool with a breeze. I walked out on a pier and there they were - those crazy gulls. Flying out over the water... and it was beautiful! I sat and watched them for a long time.

There's something about seeing them do what they were created to do in the place they were intended to do it. I don't know, maybe it was the long drive or the anticipation of the sunset, but it really was a beautiful sight.

I wonder, how many of us are hanging out in parking lots when we should be soaring out over the water. Are you in the place God wants you, or are you in the place where you are comfortable and safe? Are you doing what you've always known or are you stepping out in faith to let God use you to do something only He can accomplish? Is it obvious to those around that you where you in the right place, or do you look like a seagull in a parking lot?


  1. Wow Karen...this was really really good! And a self confession here is I've been in the parking lot too long when my daughter needed me in PA. Why it's taken something so serious going on with her for me to finally see this is beyond me; but with God's provision and a lot of prayer, I WILL be moving to where she is so she can have her Daddy THERE!
    Thank you my friend...truly this was amazing to read and ponder.

  2. Thanks Danny. Glad to hear you are working toward moving to PA. I will be praying for closed windows and open doors.