Being a parrot is usually a wonderful experience, but it can have its occasional drawbacks. At the moment, I’m going through the “Spring Itches,” (and a very itchy business it is too!) As my old Winter feathers begin to wriggle free, hordes of new spiky quills are bursting forth, and I could easily spend my day doing nothing but scratching, plucking and re-arranging. It’s enough to drive a bird insane so I’ve decided to employ some “Parrot Distraction Therapy” (or P.D.T. for short). Yes, I’ve thrown myself into reading. But I don’t read like humans. Because having read something of interest, I’ll then chew it up as this helps me to absorb the information better.
In fact, there’s an old parrot saying about reading books which goes like this…
“Books to the ceiling, books to the sky, my pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! My IQ soars every time I read them!”
I read all kinds of stuff ranging from scientific journals through to parrot fairy tales, but the book to which I always return is the Bible. And the Bible is unlike anything else that I’ve come across because this is a book which widens and deepens every time I poke my beak in. Of course, it’s important to open up your heart before you open up your Bible. If you invite God’s presence inside you first, you’ll be able to read the scriptures in a whole new light. And that’s why you can read the same passage half-a-dozen times and discover something new on each occasion. God’s Word is multi-layered, (rather like my feathers!)
God always intended the Bible to be our bread for daily use rather than our cake for special occasions. Much of it serves as our “Instruction Manual” for good living here on Earth. It explains the role of Jesus and how everyone can be saved. Which surely makes it the most important book that was ever compiled. And so I try to return to it every single day, irrespective of whether I’m having a moult!
“If you are ignorant of God’s Word, you will always be ignorant of God’s will.” (Billy Graham: 1918-2018: Prominent American evangelist).
“Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.” (Ronald Reagan: 1911-2004: 40th U.S. President and successful actor).
“A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone that isn’t.”
(Charles Spurgeon: 1834-1892: English Baptist preacher).
“But Jesus answered them: ‘You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.”