Free as a Bird

So I'm riding the stationary bike (still don't quite get that... riding miles yet going nowhere....) and I look up to see a bird flying between the rafters in the gym. Suddenly I'm filled with despair. Few things tear at my heart more than birds that cannot fly free.

Now I'm told that this happens a lot at the gym and the "humans that be" have learned to let the bird wear itself out among the rafters before they open all the doors. Apparently, the bird must tire of its own efforts first and only then will it allow itself to be freed, only then can it see that there is a way out after all.

Aren't we just like that? Trapping ourselves with walls of pride, ceilings of deceit, rafters of power-lust and floors of fear? The "Seven Deadly Sins" (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, pride -- to which I would add fear and deceit) are "deadly" because they rob us of life. They prevent us from seeing that the doors to freedom, the doors to life are already open.

"I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live..." ~Deuteronomy 30:19