I had been told they were there.
Pink birds called Roseate Spoonbills had been seen off a nearby highway.
That meant, of course, that I would soon be seen there, as well…
Although I did not see a group of these unique birds, I was blessed to see just one.
One pink bird.
Located out in the water past the little islands of green foliage, I saw him, along with another bird of a different species, just walking around.
Totally unfamiliar with their habits, I watched him through my camera’s zoom lens.
What was he doing?
He was swinging his head from side to side (that would be a head connected to quite a long neck) right at the level of the water. Back and forth, occasionally turning to one side, then the other.
It was time for a little research.
Holding true to the online reports about him and his kind, he was searching.
Searching for food.
It seems that Roseate Spoonbills move their heads and necks from side to side in shallow water, looking for food. When they find it, their bills snap shut as they pull their meal up from below and swallow it.
What about reports about us, online or otherwise?
I don’t mean the ridiculous articles found in grocery store newspapers at the checkout that beckon us to read about such things as people born half human, half alligator.
I’m talking first of all about what our friends and family say.
That branches out to coworkers and neighbors.
How would they answer the question,
"As a Christian, does he/she seem to always be searching for God? Searching for direction? Is that almost the first thing you would notice about them upon being introduced?"
What if someone new to your neighborhood was told about you—
"There’s a Christian family that lives down there by the highway."
"Really? I think I will go and visit them."
Would they find you searching…..for God?
Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.