Thursday, January 19, 2012

One of a Kind

I felt a curious mix of emotions the first time I saw her. Taken with her beauty and elegance - the way she gracefully tip-toed her way around the water's edge - there was a sense of sadness for her solitary state. She was the only one. Surrounded by ducks and birds of various "feathers," she stood alone on impossibly long, thin legs - clothed in white.

For many days she remained aloof from the others, but life can get very lonely when you choose that path. Gradually, with dainty, timid steps, she began to approach some of the others. The ducks seemed to want to keep themselves to themselves - not willing to make room for the awkward looking stranger. The grackles were another story. They were happy to admit this beautiful dancer into their little circle.

She seemed to enjoy their company. Certainly she was in no hurry to leave. I wondered, as I watched them interact, if she thought she was one of them. Did she see herself with short legs, black feathers, and stubby neck?  She went to great lengths to be accepted, walking where they walked and perching where she had seen them perch - never knowing, perhaps, how beautiful she is. Could she have had just one glimpse of her own reflection, she would have known.

There have been times when I've longed to fit in, to be just like everyone else- forgetting that I am unique. The Father has made each of us according to His design, and if we could just catch a reflection of who we are in His eyes we would know how very beautiful we are.

"I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;"
Psalm 139: 14a

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Cheryl said...

This is breath taking! Your words are captivating and the images are perfect.


Like you.

S. Etole said...

This brings tears to my eyes. And yes, captivating is right.

Amanda MacB said...

I love the narrative of this - you captured me with the story AND the message.

grammy said...

Great pictures..and great prose as usual!

Dea Moore said...
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Dea Moore said...

I hope I am a grackle inviting a solitary heron into my circle. (I didn't get that out right the first time! :)

What is it with the ducks??

Dawn said...

This is one of your best ever. The end.

Jennifer @ said...

I agree with Dawn. This is one of your best. I've visited three times now.

Beautiful. All of it.

Sandra Heska King said...

If she caught a glimpse of her reflection, would she believe?

This is so beautiful, Linda. So very beautiful.

Kim Hyland said...

I love the way creation speaks when we listen. Such a sweet personification and profound lesson. Thank you.

Mommy Emily said...

oh Linda. can i share this on my eating disorders blog next monday? there are so many young girls that need to hear this... if you are okay with this, can you email me the word doc., and the photo? love you.