by Alan Bailey

Tale of an unhappy crow


Perhaps crows always look unhappy. They not only have a dark expression, they have a dark sound, too. I can remember times when I have finished a job outside, feeling pleased with it, when AA....RK comes through the air as if mocking my work.

Lately, we have had a local crow caught up in a craze he can’t seem to escape. Each morning he does the rounds of our vehicles, visiting the rear vision mirrors to angrily peck at the crow that simultaneously pecks back at him. He then goes over the road to repeat the performance with other parked cars that also have pesky crows in their mirrors. Even his raucous calls of disapproval don’t seem to bother the reflection. It is always there.


Thinking about it, I felt there were a few things this unhappy crow’s behaviour could teach us.

One. It’s so easy to be caught up with something which at the time seems important to us but is in fact a passing shadow. Our attention can be diverted from what is really important. In fact, it can be a way of life, taking us to the end of our days. Our life is spent on trivialities and yet we are not right with God! We never thought about making peace with Him.

Two. The way we see ourselves aff ects so much our attitudes and behaviours. Our reflection doesn’t please us. We are not blessed with good looks and we feel that others are unimpressed with us. So we spend a lot of time trying to measure up. It would be better for us to think a lot less about it and get on with positive life-building activities. It has been said, “We would worry less about what others think of us if we knew how seldom they do.”

Three. If we look outwardly, we will see that there is a great deal that we can do to contribute to the needs of others. We will be happier people if we pass on some happiness to others, rather than confining ourselves to a world of privacy. Loving and giving beats self-pleasing as a lifestyle. How obvious it is that there are so many, many people who are in much greater need than we are.

A crow will only be as wise as nature will allow. But we have a high calling as creatures made in the image of God. We can become acquainted with Him. Jesus said: I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me. The door is open. Forgiveness and eternal life are free.

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