Are you resourceful? Are you quick to find solutions to your problems? There is much we can learn from nature, take the seagull for instance. Seagulls are my favorite bird. I love to watch them fly, so carefree and graceful in the air, yet they are skilled hunters, clever and resourceful. Resourceful- now that’s a good trait. It is in the seagulls nature to be clever and it’s in your nature too. Sometimes we just have to bring out what is already in there. The dictionary defines resourceful as having the ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties. First, let’s see how the seagull solves his problems.
Needing to conserve energy, the seagull will hover over bridges, absorbing the heat from the road below. Now that’s resourceful! Ah, but now he’s hungry, so the seagull, along with some of his buddies, stamp their feet on the ground to simulate rainfall. The earthworms come to the surface and voila- a hearty meal. This clever little bird follows the farmer plowing his fields so he may eat the grubs, worms and other insects revealed by the farmers plow. Having a taste for clams and mussels but no way to eat them, the seagull searches for hard surfaces where he can fly high and drop them, breaking them open and eating the meat inside. Some seagulls have even learned to use bread as bait to catch goldfish. What a clever little bird.
How can we learn from this beautiful bird to find quick and clever ways to overcome our own difficulties? Let’s turn to the word of God, Luke 16: 1-9 for the answer.
1-2 Jesus said to his disciples, “There was once a rich man who had a manager. He got reports that the manager had been taking advantage of his position by running up huge personal expenses. So he called him in and said, ‘What’s this I hear about you? You’re fired. And I want a complete audit of your books.’
3-4 “The manager said to himself, ‘What am I going to do? I’ve lost my job as manager. I’m not strong enough for a laboring job, and I’m too proud to beg. . . . Ah, I’ve got a plan. Here’s what I’ll do . . . then when I’m turned out into the street, people will take me into their houses.’
5 “Then he went at it. One after another, he called in the people who were in debt to his master. He said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
6 “He replied, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’
“The manager said, ‘Here, take your bill, sit down here—quick now—write fifty.’
7 “To the next he said, ‘And you, what do you owe?’
“He answered, ‘A hundred sacks of wheat.’
“He said, ‘Take your bill, write in eighty.’
8-9 “Now here’s a surprise: The master praised the crooked manager! And why? Because he knew how to look after himself. Streetwise people are smarter in this regard than law-abiding citizens. They are on constant alert, looking for angles, surviving by their wits. I want you to be smart in the same way—but for what is right—using every adversity to stimulate you to creative survival, to concentrate your attention on the bare essentials, so you’ll live, really live, and not complacently just get by on good behavior.”
Wow. What a story. When adversity, difficulty, misfortune, trouble, trauma, suffering, or tragedy come your way, and it will – remember this Bible truth, and ask the Lord how you, in your particular situation and circumstance, can use the “adversity to stimulate you to creative survival”. If a bird can figure out what to do, so can you. Now go and be resourceful, in Jesus name!