Cast Away

I was headed to the grocery store when I saw Mr. Wrecker on the side of the busy highway turning the crank on his flatbed. Mr. FedEx had broken down and was watching Mr. Wrecker load the truck to be hauled off. I wasn’t too far from home and wondered if the breakdown was going to impact my stuff-delivery. This snafu was definitely going to affect several people today. Suddenly, the delivery truck on the side of the road, with all the things inside, meant something to me. I usually don’t waste thoughts on passing FedEx trucks (except to make out the arrow in the logo). This time however, I wondered about the important cargo he was hauling. Without a doubt some valuable packages were not going to make it to their destination today. Then, my mind drifted and I saw Tom Hanks talking to Wilson on a deserted island. Sorry.

I thought of my inability to adequately weigh a single moment, my incomprehension of the depth and meaning of what I see and hear. In my ignorance I don’t recognize creation and the way it speaks nor the people around me and the eternal image they carry. I am distracted, run and chase, barrel down highways to bring home things I think I need.

When I sat on a bench near the woods a few days ago, when I slowed down and tried to enjoy solace, I got a glimpse of what I was missing, this weight of the moment. For a few seconds, God allowed me to realize to what extend I fall short, how much I don’t see and hear.

While I sat there, I closed my eyes and tried to tune into the many different bird calls. At first, I could only make out two or three. An Indigo Bunting in a birch nearby was chirping. Two Goldfinches flitted by and called to each other. Above me, several Chimney Swifts soared and sang. The closer I listened, the more birds I could distinguish.  

A Robin in the woods.
A gaggle of Turkeys far off.
Crows cackling in the distance.

Out of curiosity, I turned on my bird app to prove my bird savvy to myself. Surely, I could hear all the birds and identify them. I was blown away by my ignorance. The app showed twenty-two different birds – all within recoding range of my phone. Slowly, I could hear them too.

House Finch
Song Sparrow
Different Wrens
Several Woodpeckers
Blue Jay  

How could I not hear all these sounds before?

My eyes wandered to the field. Grasses, emerging daisies, different trees and shrubs. So much diversity of growth, plants I could not name even if I tried. Insects swarmed. Two Monarchs glided gently by. Ants scurried between my feet. Millions of tiny bugs in the prairie. I looked up into the sky. The early morning sun beams were stretching toward south, light from a star in our solar system, a solar system in our galaxy, a galaxy among billions.

My mind does not easily turn to the eternal, nor does it naturally try to reason with God. It’s overwhelming to do that. I am distracted with the simple, with the things I think I can control. I throw these eternity-filled moments and gifts aside, cast away the invitation to imagine the grandeur. I walk by the packages set out for me right by my door.

God incarnate. He Himself became man, cast away His Godness, His eternal, His majesty, stooped down to my inability to fathom it all.

“Focus on me. Let me teach you to listen and see, the unimaginable goodness of your Father and His eternal love for you – for your brothers and sisters.
Let me teach you the weight of a moment.”

A loving glance.
An intimate touch.
A kind word.
A chirp of a bird.
A busy ant.
A sunrise.
A moonlit night.

“Lord, let me not cast away these heavy, eternity filled moments. Teach me anew the weight of your glory.”

Just as I was about to hit the publish button on this post, a baby squirrel fell into the well. He knocked a couple of times and climbed back out. “Thank you, Lord, for constantly filling our moments!”

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”
Ecclesiastes 3:11

20 responses to “Cast Away”

  1. I know I miss a lot and have a harder time singling out individual sounds when listening to mornings bird orchestra. I sure try Heidi.
    Such depth to what you wrote here. Our awareness level of the goings on around us is so important.

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    1. Thanks for reading, Gary. Let’s keep looking 🙂

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  2. Creation is mind-boggling. Galaxies, Grand Canyon, gardenias – so many facets of God’s genius and love. And we’re so preoccupied we miss most of it most of the time.

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    1. How much of the Creator we miss when we get settle for our own devices and creations. Let’s keep reminding each other, Annie!

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  3. A delightful read and reminder!


    1. I am delighted with your delight 🙂


  4. I need to get that bird app on my phone! With you, dear Heidi, I so desire to take note of God’s glory in each moment. It saddens me he provides a multitude of joyous experiences, and I whoosh right past. Thank you for this LOVELY and gentle nudge to learn anew the weight of God’s glory–all around us.

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      Here is the Merlin ID app. It’s really neat. I think you will like it. Definite helps in taking note of God’s glory!
      Thank you for reading, dear Nancy!

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      1. Thank you so much, Heidi!


  5. Heidi, this is such a lovely post and a gentle reminder to pause and take note of the eternity-filled moments right before us. I love the photo of your little squirrel.


    1. Thank you, Manette. That squirrel was so cute — though I get a little annoyed when it sits in my feeder and drags the suet into the woods 🙄

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      1. LOL, they can be cute little characters until they push our buttons. I have lots of squirrels in my yard because of some massive oak trees. Most of the time I’m entertained by their scampering and chases. But when they empty my bird feeders I get annoyed.


  6. Linda Lee Adams/Lady Quixote Avatar
    Linda Lee Adams/Lady Quixote

    Too beautiful for words!


    1. Hugs to you, sweet Linda Lee!!! ❤️

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  7. That was beautiful Heidi! I don’t know about you but sometimes the word “clueless” fits me to a “T”. And yet, Jesus understands our limitations and said we were worth much more than many sparrows! Kind of amazing when you stop to think about it. Blessings!

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    1. Yep. Clueless would have been a good title for this, too. Thanks for your encouragement, Bruce. Let’s keep pressing in and on!

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  8. PS. Will you also send me your picture. I’m assuming you’ll say yes to my request.

    And I’m loving using my bird sound id on my phone!!!

    FMA again, Sue


  9. As usual, I love your words, your wisdom. In July I’m putting all guest posts on my blog. May I include this one?

    FMA, sue

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    1. Thank you, Sue. Of course. It would be an honor ❤️


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