If you put a buzzard in a pen six or eight feet square and entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of his ability to ﬂy, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a ﬂight from the ground with a run of ten or twelve feet. Without space to run, as is his habit, he will not even attempt to ﬂy, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.
The ordinary bat that ﬂies around at night, a remarkably nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the ﬂoor or ﬂat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a ﬂash.
A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler will be there until it dies unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to ﬁnd some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.
In many ways, there are lots of people like the buzzard, the bat and the bumblebee. They are struggling about with all their problems and frustrations, not realizing that if they look up, they’ll ﬁnd the answer.
via Fairview church of Christ
Bulletin Digest (Feb. 2005)
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