Being an evangelical parrot isn’t the easiest job in the world. You may think that it’s only other parrots that take me seriously. I’m a lot smaller than human beings, so why should they listen to a pint-sized scruff of feathers?
And yet, strangely enough, a great many do. Over the last eighteen months, thousands of humans have clicked on to my blogs and read them. And quite a few have sent me encouraging emails afterwards.
Writing a blog is an even greater balancing act than trying to preen the tip of my tail while perched upon one leg. Because no one likes to be told what to do. And I’d be very wrong if I ever became a “parrot dictator,” -fiercely preaching down from my lofty perch. The whole thing about finding God is that it has to be based on first-hand experience. Yes, I can tell you what I think, or have experienced in my own life. But ultimately, that’s not what counts. My job is simply to offer some “pointers.” That’s all. Because discovering God and finding Jesus are unique and personal experiences.
We’re now moving into a new decade. And during the coming weeks and months, many of us will experience some special moments when God comes that bit closer to us. I like to call them “Golden Moments.” When we are suddenly offered an opportunity, a chance, a glimpse or a moment of Epiphany. And when these come along, the onus is on us, as unique individuals, to recognise and seize the moment. To take a step closer towards our Creator. A step that should never be a burden, but a joy. And the more steps we take, the more likely we are to discover an inner joy that surpasses anything that our physical world can ever offer us. An extraordinary cornucopia of wonderful things. So that “things” that we have always known about suddenly take on a new meaning and significance. Things such as goodness, inner peace, love, grace, healing, gratitude, renewal and redemption. Hope, purpose, motivation and courage. Confidence, certainty, trust and conviction.
Of course, stepping closer towards God and Jesus won’t prevent worldly problems from occurring in our lives. But we are likely to view them differently, and be so much better equipped to deal with them. So that we experience joy in adversity, love amidst hostility, and peace within turbulence. And that’s my parrot dream for all creation………….
“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8)
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians: 5:17)
“But the tax collector stood at a distance and would not even look up to heaven. Instead he continued to beat his chest and said: ‘O God, be merciful to me, the sinner that I am!’” (Luke 18:13)