April 12th, 2011
Back in Marlow, the term “lovebirds” was applied (negatively) to people who were showing too much display of affection in public. I had no idea that the primary meaning of the word referred to a pair of parrots, multi-colored, native to Africa. The unique thing about these real “lovebirds” is that they bond to one another and to their owner in a most unusual way.
I recently drove my wife to the hair salon. While she was doing her thing, I went to the local Dunkin’ Donuts and did my thing! I sat outside to enjoy the beautiful sunshine in spite of the heavy pollen count. Halfway through my cup of coffee, I saw two birds sitting on the table beside me. At the same table there was a woman working with her computer. Assuming that the birds had escaped their cage and been attracted to pieces of donuts on the patio, I asked the woman, “Are those your birds?” Almost before she could answer, I asked a second question, “Won’t they fly away?” “Oh, no.” she said calmly. “They’re lovebirds. They’re bonded to each other and to me.” The woman later went to retrieve something from her car – the birds stayed on the table. A family with five lively children walked by and the birds stayed on the table.
The words of Jesus came to my mind and overwhelmed me: My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish (John 10:27-28). The question I asked myself is, “Am I that bonded to Jesus?” Maybe we should ask ourselves that question more often.
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