Monday, February 25, 2008

WHAT CAME FIRST?


I sometimes wonder what came first; the bald head or the carcass?


It’s sort of a chicken or the egg idea but you’ll have to scroll back to read

“The Unlikely Teacher” to understand my analogy. You see, I cannot decide if the Turkey Vulture adapted to the unusual features he was designed with, or if he was given them with intent.


Did God just randomly, in a funny moment, decide to make one bird with a bald head, keen sense of smell and sight and low flying abilities, leading the ugly strange creature to sort out his strengths and adapt to the life of gliding for carrion?


Or, did God think, “I need some way to get rid of decaying carcasses so let me make a bird that can easily find them and give him the tools he needs to do the job.”


Do we have gifts granted at random by God; to use or not to use?


Or did God give them with intent; purposeful in his selection?


I wonder what came first; the story or the writer?


Does it happen that we have a random gift and love for words; happening upon a thought or a story and deciding to write it?


Or were we given the gift of words and the stories we live for a purpose; for teaching, healing, finding truth and meaning?


I suppose it isn’t important to know, but rather to be who we were intended, but still, I wonder…

4 comments:

Deb said...

Okay, I love/hate this. These are questions I ask all the time, and for a split second, I thought you were going to give me answers! Great writing. It's nice to know I'm not the only one wondering about these things.

Aren't we glad God didn't deem it necessary for us to poop on our own feet to stay safe?!

kario said...

It is hard to stop wondering why, but sometimes I forget how cool it is to just sit still and revel in the connections and symbiotic relationships between everything.

Thanks for the reminder!

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Well, you know what I'm going to say, THERE NO ACCIDENTS! Everything is connected and intentional!

Eileen said...

I don't think the knowing is as important, as the process we go through getting to the answers. Such an interesting and thought provoking post.