Five sandpipers appear as a family, together facing the vast ocean and layers of approaching waves. From crests to softening bubbles, the water glides towards them with shifting and undeterminable edges. The sandpipers scurry in different directions, avoiding the encroaching waves. They each ping-pong and skitter away, reacting to the changes, independent of each other, almost unaware of their grouping, more focused on their circumstances and the outer forces that dominate their movements. Together yet apart, gathering or scattering?
Like the waves, sometimes our circumstances dictate the choices we make and consume our movements. We seem unable to connect with our loved ones and others because we are only focused on our own lives or troubles; our outcome looks pressing, and our welfare overshadows our relationships. Over time, we may lose connection if the pattern continues to monopolize our ways. In Scripture, the apostle Paul says “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do…For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out” Romans 7: 15, 18. Fortunately, there is a power greater than ourselves and our circumstances, that can help and redirect us.
Marianne Williamson writes in her book “The Gift of Change” that “In the midst of the deepest, darkest night, when we feel most humbled by life, the faint shadow of our wings begin to appear. Only when we have faced the limits of what we can do, does it begin to dawn on us the limitlessness of what God can do”.
Like the little sandpiper who discovers the source of his sustenance under the waves, experiencing a new world and a sense of freedom and limitlessness, we can too when we place our trust in the One greater than ourselves.
Pictured above: “Gathering”, a Giclee Gallery Wrap reproduction available at www.BegleyArt.com
Join next week’s post on January 17, 2017: “Reflections by a ‘Gathering’ of friends”, an interview with four friends from a book study group briefly sharing their individual reflections of the painting