We have a rooster living on the land next to ours. We have often said he needs a new watch because he crows not only to announce the dawn, but also every hour of the day and often in between as well. I often wonder what are his largest concerns. Surely he knows that we can tell time so he must be about some more serious message. Recently, in his daily trip around the neighborhood, he discovered that we feed the birds and ventured onto the deck off our kitchen to see what he could find. Bonanza! He is now a frequent visitor so there is no chance for us to ignore his announcements.
The rooster is an example of how we might choose to deal with minor occurrences in life. We might find his crowing annoying – some of us do – or we might see the rooster as one element of God’s glorious diversity in creation and delight in his visits – one of us does. At an even higher level of consciousness, if it be so, we might treat his “interruptions” as a call to remembrance of the divine presence. Instead of tolerating him, we might use the opportunities to say, “Thanks, God!” or more formally “Speak, Lord, I’m listening.” Or maybe we’ll just have to smile and say, “OKAY, already!” Someday, we may recognize ourselves as totally converted to his fan club. May it be so – and soon!