The Road Less Travelled

Jave Sparrow

I love to bird watch.  Always have and always will.  I remember watching the birds while sitting on the front porch swing as a little girl with my grandpa sipping on a cold beverage.  There is something so captivating about bird watching….or watching anything in nature for that matter. I delight in God’s creation, and I am constantly in awe of the beauty of it and the creativity God has. Now that we live in Hawaii, I am finding and learning about new birds I have never seen.  Over the last few months I have watched a type of bird called the Java Sparrow,  I have actually found my first bird I do not enjoy watching.  They upset me because they are always fighting and being very greedy with the food I provide for them.  An interesting fact I learned after I googled “birds in Hawaii” was that this particular bird, the Java Sparrow,  travels in big groups and quarrel amongst themselves.  This is their normal behavior.  They are known for it. It makes me want to get rid of the food altogether because this is not what I want to see while sitting outside in nature.  I see enough of this type of behavior in the world everyday and it saddens me.  I enjoy sitting in nature to escape all the noise of the world.  It is my prayer time…my quiet time…my meditation time…my stillness time to draw closer to God. During my stillness time in nature this morning, I saw something different with this particular bird.  I was sitting out on my back porch and had just put some fresh food out for the birds.  I was enjoying the quiet, the stillness, the presence of God and my attention was drawn to this single Java Sparrow as there weren’t any other Java Sparrows around, which was very uncommon, and something I had yet to see.  For the first time I was able to actually sit and watch this type of bird without being distracted and disturbed by its normal aggressive behavior.  As I continued to watch this single Java Sparrow peacefully eating the food I provided for it, I got lost in its beauty and the peace it must have felt without all the quarreling from the others.  Then God began to speak to my heart.  He said

“I want you to be like this bird you are watching Abby.  I want you to do things different and to not follow the common behaviors of mankind.  I want you to be in this world but not of it in any way.  I want you to be an individual, a wife and a mother that goes against the flow of this world you live in…against the norm…against the way that everybody else is doing it.  I want you to not focus on what other people think of you as you follow my leading down the road that is less travelled.  I want you to radiate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self control…all the fruits of the spirit.  I want you to stand out as the odd person, as the peculiar person, just as my son Jesus Christ did during His time on this earth.  Stay focused on Me always and I will carry you through, provide all you need and give you a peace that surpasses all understanding.”

After hearing these words in my heart I felt a calm reassurance.  My stillness time in God’s presence is always such a beautiful and precious time.  I can’t imagine my life without it.  I think of all the wisdom and revelation I would be without if I didn’t choose to take time to draw close to Him as often as I do. When was the last time you truly chose to be still in God’s presence?  Would you like to read more inspiring stories like this and learn how to truly experience the presence of God?  Then I encourage you to read my book Living Still. Be Love, Give Love ~ Abby

About the Author


Abby Lewis has a degree in Health and Wellness and her massage therapy license. She is the author of Living Still and producer of A Breath~in Stillness. Her life’s work is to passionately encourage others to experience transformation of spirit, mind and body by learning to practice “living still.”