In recent news reports from the Queensland floods, it has been observed the number of animals clustered together on small islands of refuge.
At first we may think, “Fair enough”.
But when we look a little closer we realise that natural enemies, predators and prey alike, are abiding together. Normally, when a food source is in close proximity, it is pounced upon and consumed.
But on these little islands, the common enemy is not one another, it is the flood.
Kinda like all the animals held up in Noah’s Ark when all else perished in the flood.
At times we too will find ourselves on little islands of life… be it at a workplace, a family BBQ, at church, etc… each different in location, each a place we find ourselves in, and in the midst of the people there we find ones who are ready to devour us, or we them.
And yet when a crisis comes we find ourselves strangely banded together in a common cause to overcome an enemy that is more fearful than our petty differences.
And we get pretty chuffed and feel real good when we arrive at the conclusion of the crisis. We are quite surprised at what we were able to acheive together. And the bonds formed between ourselves lasts sometimes a lifetime. We realise this bond is indeed, love.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 TNIV
Why do we wait for a crisis to unite us?
Maybe we need to seek the love that is demanded in a time of crisis, and pursue it prior to it being called upon.
Wouldn’t our world be better off? Imagine your ‘island’ and what it might be like.
Ask the question, “Who can I love better, today?”
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