Thursday, January 15, 2009

Nature's Lesson

"ADVERSARY. An adversary is one who opposes, denies, disputes, not one who constructs and sustains reality and Truth." 1

When faced with a challenge we’re often confronted with thoughts of failure or doom. In many cases the adversarial voice is just telling us to give up … “Just drop it!” In my experience as a healer I have learned that failure is never an option. As long as one keeps working – even when there is no material evidence of improvement – the victory is always assured.

Recently, nature showed me an example of the adversary. A friend and I had been surfing at what would be considered a remote wave for San Diego County. Between waves we sat and enjoyed the scenic view of the shoreline … when I noticed an Osprey gliding down the coast. As it neared us, it stopped in mid-air, powering its wings to keep its elevation while focusing its attention on the water below. Suddenly the bird of prey folded its wings and dove towards the ocean. It pulled up short and returned to its hovering position high above the water … again it dove … and pulled up short just as it reached the sea’s surface. Rising once more to an altitude of thirty plus feet … it stalled for a moment … then rushed swiftly down … crashing into the ocean. For a moment it struggled to secure what was an impressively large fish – the biggest one I have ever seen taken by an osprey or bald eagle.

Just as the osprey began to leave the water it was dive bombed by a lone seagull. Now I don’t claim to know seagull-speak that well, but as the raptor struggled to gain momentum and altitude ... the seagull followed doggedly close behind screaming, “Drop it! Drop it! You better drop it!” Up and down the shoreline the seagull kept at it trying to distract the Osprey before it could find a safe location to dine.

It was comical to think that a seagull would even consider challenging such a formidable opponent as the Osprey … and with such determination. Then it hit me … we are like the Osprey; and error, fear, mortal mind, i.e. the adversary is like the seagull (in this instance).

The adversary has nothing on us … unless we listen to it and do as it says.

1 Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, page 580:28-30