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SEAGULLS

By the late Pastor Bob Moody

Where I live, we have lots of seagulls, at least during the summer months. I don’t like seagulls. Granted our beaches would be be full of rotting dead fish if it weren’t for these scavengers. I’ll give them that much. However, seagulls have one habit which makes them hated by many people.

Seagulls eat, fly and … (I think you get the picture). Seagulls love to eat and fly over people. If you spend much time around seagulls, you will, to put it delicately, end up with seagull droppings on you.

I suppose it is possible to avoid the situation entirely. We could stay at home indoors and probably never have to deal with the seagull issue. We could only go out at night in the darkens when seagulls were sleeping. We could carry umbrella everywhere. It would have to be a very large umbrella because those dirty birds are known to swoop it at shallow angles and release like a dive bomber. I think some of them have smart bombs which can slide in under all but the biggest umbrella.

The problem with avoiding seagulls is it doesn’t allow us any freedom. Fear of seagulls doing what seagulls do keeps us indoors, in the dark, or carrying a lot of baggage. If we want our freedom, we have to accept the fact sometimes the seagulls get us. We wash up, accept it and go on.

In this journey called faith, there are spiritual seagulls always waiting to drop on us. We can try to avoid all the problems, or just accept they will happen. When they happen, turn to God for cleansing, keeping your faith strong and pressing on. The alternative is to live in fear and accomplish nothing.

Lord, keep me from living in fear of spiritual seagulls. Keep my attitude right. I won’t complain, however, if some seagulls get whacked now and then.

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Kurt J. Kolka grew up in the small community of Grayling, Mich., near the forested AuSable River. After majoring in English at college, he began a career in writing and newspapers spanning more than two decades. In his spare time he creates a Christian comic strip, The Cardinal, which has a 28-year history of publication. He has also authored a book, “Bullying is No Laughing Matter” (Front Edge Publications, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2014) and is working on his first novel. Kurt and his wife Diane have been married for more than 25 years and have one daughter, Rebekah, and an overprotective dog, Alli. Of life, Kurt says, “Life is never dull with God at the steering wheel, but, man, does He have a lead foot!” More about Kurt and his musings may be found at www.betweenthepines.org.

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