Reflection: Amidst the blue-green of the ocean and white caps, a seagull brings one’s focus to his investigation along the white sands…the notice goes both ways.
An individual seagull takes notice of something on the sand, and goes to explore. It is an occurrence, an event, an occasion, something that happens with an object being the discovery. Our attention is drawn to the object, perhaps asking “what is it?”.
In the Bible, the definition of manna, the bread of heaven, is “what is it?”. Manna was the provision by God of a substance that appeared fresh each day (except the Sabbath) on the ground, and that was gathered to make food and be the source of sustenance to the wondering Jewish people in the wilderness.
Each day has its occurrences where, if we are willing to look for God, we discover that He provides daily.
A seagull, in discovery of something on the sand, also becomes aware of his surroundings, of perhaps an onlooker. We sense the alertness in the seagull’s eye. He spots something while, at the same time, becoming attentive to being watched, perhaps challenged, maybe accompanied – but nonetheless, aware that he is not alone. It’s an occurrence, a circumstance in time, a contingency, a juncture, an instant that deserves recognition and acknowledgement, a moment of significance.
The significance, we ask? It is not a moment that the seagull created. Like our relationship with our Creator, it was initiated by God as we were searching. Perhaps we didn’t know “what is it?” that we were looking for, but in so doing, God promises we will find Him.
Deuteronomy 4:29 “But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find Him if you look for Him with all your heart and with all your soul”.
Jeremiah 29: 12-14 “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”.
Matthew 7:7 ” Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”.
What can we experience in watching a seagull? I love watching them on the shore and in the air. At the beach and in the water they appear. Out of nowhere they can suddenly appear.
And when they arrive, I enjoy a quiet, two-way communication, so to speak. I am mindful of them, and they are taking notice of me. To me, this occurrence is symbolic of prayer.
In prayer, we are speaking to God, and at some point, we realize he has shown up and our prayer has been answered. It may not be exactly what we asked for or expected, we may wait a long time, but we know when we see the answer. What is it? It is His provision in which we can place our Hope.
“Occurrence” (pictured above as a Deluxe Print) is available at www.BegleyArt
Our next week’s blog: “Notice and Focus” – An Interview with Sara Smith, Massage Therapist, sharing her reflections on the painting