Wednesday, 13 August 2008
The Smartest Bird in the World
Watch and listen to this incredible parrot make the sounds of different creatures. He surely deserves the title of 'the smartest bird in the world'. But the fact remains he is still a parrot, and not a wolf, an owl, a rooster, a penguin, a Chimp, a pig, or a tiger or even a spaceship, though he can make all their sounds!At best he can only pretend to be like them. If a creature like a parrot can pretend to be something its not,how much more can we,and how much do we pretend to be someone or something we're not?
I remember reading George Verwer’s little book ‘Come, live, die’(now ‘hunger for reality') in which he had a chapter entitled 'Schizophrenic Christianity'.That really hit home. We can be ‘smart’ and easily pretend to be something we are not.We can pretend to be the great Christian, we can even write worship songs and preach sermons and sing the songs of Zion as loud as anyone,yet our hearts may be very far from God. Jeremiah was all too right when he said:'the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked'.Yet there is hope for us, and from Jeremiah too, when God speaks through him with the words:
"I will put my law in their minds
and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
No longer will a man teach his neighbour,
or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,'
because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest,"
declares the LORD.
"For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more."
What a great promise:Let us seek God afresh today with all our hearts and know Him for real.