Life As A Fish In A Bowl or A Bird In A Cage

As I stated much earlier, God has always provided me with glimpses of the road ahead, or revelations or insights into the root of a situation. Now to say that is to also say, I am not ever the quickest study, and it is often not until completely coming through the situation or storm, that I then realize the earlier vision – revelation – insight that was given years prior.  God is such a good God, for He truly has uniquely formed each and everyone of us to be the creation that He has designed, not any of us to be a “man-made” creation; however he uses our neighboring masses to form and to shape us into the person He wants each of us to become.  In situations where individuals want to be “our God” I can hear God tell the individual or the masses, “Go get your own dirt to start with!”

Let me remind the reader, that I grew up with a father with 4 brothers, all but one were jocks, all were talented and creative in differing venues, and 3 of the 5 were pretty “hot”. But only perhaps one, was chauvinistic, and borderline abusive. The other 4 all respected women as equals, possessing a mind and skills that God had designed for His purpose for their life.

This post will be about how where we are situated is entirely God Blessed or Man Made. It can be both, but it will be perfectly clear when it is one, the other, or both; and I have lived in all three.

In a God Blessed environment an individual has favor from both God and your neighboring humanity.  Here a person thrives, lives in a continual “Rock Star” environment.  You love everyone, and everyone loves you. Not for what you can give, not for what you can be or do for them, but exactly for who you are, without any changes, complete with spots, blemishes, scars and dysfunction. And this is truly Agape Love as was John and Jesus relationship and love for one another. Here, you literally can not ever fail. You are so blessed with favor, that every situation in your life is “covered, provided for, secured” that it is similar to living in the womb or being born into unlimited wealth combined with unrestricted love, care and concern.  What you vision for your life, and the vision others have for your life, is one and the same; no variations from one another in the two perceptions. You are living the Rock Star life day in and out.

Man Made is the title of the post, Life In A Fishbowl or Life in A Bird Cage.

The vision of the Man Made environment, God gave to me while I was living the life of a Rock Star. The vision opens where I was sitting in a kitchen filled with men dressed in “typical blue collar attire” and “wife beater” attire. And God portrayed this in such a manner to give me an indication of the road ahead performed by individuals who generally speaking are not in search of education, personal and mutual respect, and moral integrity of one another.  Remember, God was speaking to me in terms I would understand His prevailing message directed to me.

The vision begins with one of the men walking into the kitchen with a bird in a cage. At the table was seated 8 other men.

The bird in the cage was a Canary. A Snow White Canary without any markings of any kind.

The canary however was a female.  A female, not a male. As many know, males are the notorious singers, while females are very, very selective and reserved singers.

The man sat the canary in the cage in the center of the kitchen table. Though the table was large, seating 8 people comfortably, not the place to put a bird in a cage.

The vision progressed over years.  But the scenarios that played out were all with the same intention.  How to get this bird to sing.

Each of the men tried their hand in the attempts. The schemes they used were first with food, placing the cage by the window, completely covering the cage, shouting at the canary, banging and smashing the cage on the table top, poking sticks into the cage, removing all ornaments from inside the cage, removing food and water from the cage for extended periods of days on end, putting cats on the kitchen table to attack at the canary in the cage, playing blasting rock music next to the cage. All to no avail. The white female canary refused to sing.

The white canary was me. Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against me shall ever prosper. Read the Word of God outloud!  For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
And it is effective, we use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.

One day while the kitchen was empty, with no one around, Jesus walked into the room, and opened the door to the cage and the canary leaped onto His hand.  Jesus walked to the door leading outside, opened it and went out; all while the canary sat comfortably on His hand. He walked to the edge of the balcony and threw the canary up into the air. Fly sweet bird, fly free and soar. The canary never returned to the house but could be heard for years to come singing throughout the trees of the surrounding woods.

Merry Merry Christmas!

Jesus is Love, pure unadulterated love, unconditional love, mutual love but always with respect.


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