Bird's Eye View
Oftentimes we have trouble getting perspective when we are in the thick of it. We can only see the immediate. As spring is approaching all the little birds are coming out and making their nests. They have the right perspective. A little birdie told me that all you have to do is look at it right.
Birds see a different picture. They see from a vantage point of flying, which makes you weightless. You can't fly very far if you are loaded up with stuff. On the ground, things can seem heavy or like we are carrying a weight . . . but it doesn't have to be.
Lent is about seeing things a bit more clearly than we did before and coming to the realization that we need very little in this life. When we make sacrifices and give certain things up during this season, it is making room for something better. It takes the weight off and reminds us that this world is passing. If we carry the cross instead of drag it, it becomes an instrument rather than a weight.
Birds are simple that way. "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and not one of them shall fall on the ground without your Father. But the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: better are you than many sparrows." (Matt 10:29-31). Not one of them shall fall without Him. He is making the way of the cross with us, and He went before us.
The little birds teach us that life is very simple. If we want to fly to the heavens, we have to let go of earth. We have to look at the earth through the lens of heaven and keep in mind the eternal value of what we do for God. What is the best perspective? That we are in the hands of God and we should rest there.