“A seagull was flying over a beach, when it saw a mouse. It flew down and asked the mouse:
‘Where are your wings?’
Each animal speaks its own language, and so the mouse didn’t understand the question, but stared at the two strange, large things attached to the other creature’s body.
‘It must have some illness,’ thought the mouse.
The seagull noticed the mouse staring at its wings and thought:
‘Poor thing. It must have been attacked by monsters that left it deaf and took away its wings.’
Feeling sorry for the mouse the seagull picked it up in its beak and took it for a ride in the skies. ‘Its probably homesick,’ the seagull thought while they were flying. Then, very carefully, it deposited the mouse once more on the ground.
For some months afterwards, the mouse was sunk in gloom; it had known the heights and seen a vast beautiful world. However, in time, it grew accustomed to being just a mouse again and came to believe that the miracle that had occurred in its life was nothing but a dream.”
-Paulo Coelho (The Winner Stands Alone)
Many of us go through life like the mouse; basking in our own glorious ignorance about our surroundings. We dream up things beyond our wildest imaginations and when the time comes for those dreams to be realised or actioned, we’re frozen by shock or disbelief. Thinking, “God cannot be this good to me….” then we take our time, hoping we hear something different next time we listen carefully, or even worse nothing. Cause we’ve kind of grown accustomed now to our little middle- groundy place. Then God shows up, you know, cause He wants to check to see if you’ve received the signs and the blessings- and he finds you chilling in your complacence and He’s like “THAT’S IT! Bye Felicia, clearly you aren’t capable” and gone is your blessing and your opportunity, to someone more capable and armed with workable faith; and that’s the end of that opportunity.
Do not do be a mouse. Always be positioning yourself for your moments of blessing and victory!
We can also learn something pertinent from the seagull’s perspective. From the moment the seagull was introduced it was clear to see that it represented a character that was self- assured. Not lacking the slightest bit of confidence in its appearance and never once doubting that it might just be the one who is “ill”. I believe that the seagull is capable of being this way because it understands that it was fearfully and wonderfully made. It is aware that the wings it has been given are a blessing others do not have, and are not something to be taken for granted.
The seagull reminds me that we should never take our blessings for granted as well as the power that lies in knowing what our greatest assets are, and how we use them to serve others; thus radically enhancing the lives of those around us.