Planning to go get dinner and run an errand to the grocery store, I headed down the highway about an hour before sunset.
As I drove down my lane, I suddenly noticed a group of sand hill cranes on the right side of the road.
There were five of them together!
I rarely see this many cranes at one time.
Being about three to four feet tall with beautiful red bands around their necks, they are one of my very favorite birds.
Pulling over into the closest parking lot I could find, I turned around at a cell phone store.
As I was about to try to pull out onto the highway to go back and take some photos of the birds, there seemed to be a traffic jam.
Right away, I wondered if the traffic had stopped because of the birds.
Moving my car as close as possible to the exit of the parking lot, I could see them.
Inside, I am smiling now, just remembering it—
The five stately birds were calmly walking across the four lane road to get to a farm area on the other side.
Cars moving both directions all stopped to allow their safe passage.
Never mind being late for an appointment.
Never mind not arriving at home just a minute or two late.
There was time to stop.
Time to preserve the lives of five birds.
The drivers in the cars showed kindness.
Think of the reverse—if they had just ignored the birds and hit them, driving on—wouldn’t you think they were heartless and cruel?
At the very, very least, unkind?
I believe, in my own heart, that a driver who stops to allow a bird to live is the type of person who would also show kindness and care for a neighbor, a friend or a stranger in need.
Proverbs 11:30 tells us,
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
and the one who is wise saves lives.
I watched some very kind people decide to save lives today.
Lives of five sand hill cranes, but lives, none the less.
How can we show kindness so that others will be blessed?
God will bring us the opportunities.
We need only to respond in the way that He would have us to.
After all, wouldn’t Jesus stop to let five of His birds walk by?
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