Adjusting my position for the perfect shot, I exhibited my talent for sloth like movements. The slight rotation of my torso, to achieve a better angle , is imperceptible…my target is unaware of my presence. My trusted four legged companion sits reverently at my side as I steady my hand…things come into focus….the light, the colors, the trees and most of all…the bird. My aim is sure, I take the shot…applying quick pressure to the button on the top of my camera. The “capture” of my long awaited prey is evidenced in an image frozen for all of time on my computer screen.
Okay,okay…so I’m exaggerating the scenario just a tad. But it did feel a lot like that to me. I had just refilled my bird feeder the other day. I was anticipating an increase in avian visitors with visions of springtime dancing in my head. March decided to enter our area like a lion. We received a plopping of about 6 inches of snow. As I passed by our window I saw several birds enjoying a meal from the newly restocked feeder. I’d run to get my camera following several such sightings only to find them gone when I got back . Then it happened…one of the female cardinals we believe resides in a nearby tree was gracefully perched on the feeder’s seed tray. In my eagerness to get the shot, I bumped the glass and she flew away. Now it was on! The challenge to out wit and out wait the cardinals consumed me. Ignoring the long list of better things to do with my time on a snowy day, I took my post at the window. I propped my hand up on the window’s ledge and aimed my tiny camera at the desolate bird feeder. I’m sure it was less than an hour, but it felt like I stood there for days. Even Hughie, my Yorkie who follows me everywhere around the house in hope of getting in my lap when I sit down, gave up and sat on my foot as I stood like a statue. Waiting, waiting…certain it would produce the photo I desired. I was bored. I knew there were more productive things to do, but I waited. Then he came. A bright red cardinal. He allowed me only two photos before he swooped out of my camera’s range. It was worth the wait. Few things say good-bye winter, hello spring like the bright contrast of white snow and the brilliant red cardinal. Winter will end. The snow will melt. The cardinal’s bright feathers will attract a mate and the newness of spring will begin.
The perfect photo, a new season in life, both require waiting. My life reflects my tendency to avoid waiting. My microwave is more worn and used than my oven. I replace my coffee maker with a new model each time a manufacturer claims to produce a faster cup of coffee. My dishwasher is set on speed dry. Even my nail polish is “quick dry”. But I know, just as I stood at that window, that God often asks us to wait. Trusting God to fulfill His promises, looking for what he intends for our future and knowing He is sovereign is a discipline to be practiced. “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning.” Psalm 130:5-6
THAT IS A TRICKY LESSON TO LEARN. PATIENCE IS NOT ALWAYS MY STRONG SUIT. (I DID KNOW IT WAS YOURS. LOL) I DO KNOW THOUGH THAT IT IS ALWAYS WORTH HIS WAIT. EVEN WHEN WE GET WHAT WE FEEL TO BE THE WRONG ANSWER, WHEN WE WAIT ,WE EVENTUALLY SEE WHY HIS PATH IS BETTER.
HOW COME HE GETS TO BE THE SMARTY?
THANKS FOR SHARING.
I’m just wondering – are we required to keep our mouths shut while we’re waiting? I’m not really good at that!
You are so right, waiting, waiting, waiting…isn’t that what life is a majority of the time and then once that particular waiting time is over, I wonder why I were so impatient. Hum, why couldn’t I just love being in the moment and looking for what God has for that time. Lessons to learn! Thanks Teri! And I love the bird lesson! We just bought another feeder and were amazed at the colors of the birds against the white background! God is so awesome!
Teri, I just love reading your blog. I am sorry I do not comment more often but most times I just have time to read it real quick before I am off chasing after Zachary again. I especially loved this post and the bible verse at the end as it reminded me of my long wait to become a mom. I tried to be so patient as I truly felt God would answer my prayers to be a mom but the waiting was unbearable. I often wondered during my adoption journey why God would make me wait so long but I learned that there is a reason God makes us wait and we just need to trust him and that he will answer our prayers in his own way and time.
It has been a long cold winter this year especially in Chicago. That is why I love the Spring. God has allowed everything to die and even in its winter beauty, don’t we look forward to the beautiful colors of the fresh live new flowers that come popping up even through the snow? I do. The world is clean and ready for us to venture out into God’s presence. Isn’t He Great? Miracles might take us to wait for them, but yes, they are certainly worth the wait.