As I sat in the train station one afternoon, I noticed a sparrow had somehow gotten trapped inside the big enclosed waiting area. I saw it as it quietly fed on crumbs left behind by a careless traveler.
I wondered if the sparrow had inadvertently flown into this room, or if he was born there. I wondered how long it had been since it had been able to stretch its wings and fly in the fresh air. All the sparrow had to do was to get through the doors to escape captivity, to be what it had been created to be.
As I watched, I imagined people in the same predicament, trapped in the waiting area of life, just feeding on the leftovers of others like all the commuters and travelers crowded in this one large room. I wondered how many of them had really seen the world the way God wants us to see it. I wondered how many would ever reach their potential.
Their challenge is much more complex, I told myself. How would they escape that lifestyle. Is it as easy as following the sparrow? Walking through the door and not going back?
Jesus said "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."
For man, there is a door and it has a name - Jesus. Not only will he rescue you, he will give you a pasture - a place of rest. I believe that only then, you will reach your potential.
Pastor Jay Merritt writes about God in every day observations.