In the middle of our village, we have what was once a bright red talking box. Yes, humans used to wander in, and talk into a bone-shaped piece of plastic for hours on end. Not surprisingly, after some years, the novelty of this wore off and because the box wasn’t used very much, it was decommissioned. Yes, somebody came out and disconnected all of the wires. This was a very sad event for the box because it had suddenly lost its role and purpose in the village.
But not for ever! After many months, the box was given a new lease of life. The human villagers painted it and made shelving for it, so that eventually, the box was reinvented as “The Village Larder.” Yes, anyone with any surplus food or vegetables can place items inside for folk less fortunate. There’s no charge for anything, but when humans choose to make a donation for the produce that they take, the money is given to the local human foodbank. So that after several years of neglect, the box has now become the beating heart of the village.
And I guess that at any given time, there are many humans (and parrots) that can feel like the decommissioned talking box. Our role and purpose in life can suddenly change, leaving us struggling in an empty void. And at times like this, it’s important for us to keep hold of our Christian faith. Because God will always have a plan and a purpose for us, even when we can’t see it. And just like the talking box, we need to be patient and wait for God’s plan to unfold.
“Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, we will never lose our value in God’s eyes.”
(Joyce Meyer: [1943-Present]: American charismatic Christian author and speaker)
“God will not allow you to be lost if you persist in your determination not to lose Him.”
(St. Padre Pio: [1887-1968]: Italian Franciscan Capuchin friar and priest, venerated as a saint in the Catholic church)
“Let us allow ourselves to be surprised by God.”
(Pope Francis: [1936-Present]: Current Head of the Catholic Chruch)
“You were made by God and He has a purpose and plan for your life.”
(Rick Warren: [1954-Present]: American Baptist evangelical Christian pastor and author)
“...for it is God who works in you, both to will and to act according to his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13)
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others…”