For many years now, in Shropshire, I’ve been aware of a certain small rookery. Located in a tree in the garden of a house it becomes very active at this time of the year.
However, passing by the other day I noticed that it had gone. Maybe new owners who objected to a rookery in their garden. I don’t know, other than the nests had been removed.
Then, turning the corner and opposite their original site I spotted a brand-new rookery. It had the same number of nests as the previous one.
What had happened is that the birds weren’t welcome so they moved on. No fuss, no protests, no scenes. They just moved on and settled somewhere else.
There are times in life when we have to do that. Sometimes you have to stay and fight but other times just go. Like The Clash sang, Should I Stay Or Should I Go? it can be a tough decision to make.
Often though the decision is made for us. It might be a relationship, for example, that isn’t working out and it’s beyond your control. Just like the rooks, you can’t stay when you are clearly not wanted.
It’s hard to move on when you’ve been in that place for years. It becomes a comfort zone. But if your whole world has been shattered and there’s no way the pieces can be put together, you move on.
The rooks can’t go back, they’re not welcome, so they’ve moved on and started a new life somewhere else.
‘Forget the past and look forward to what lies ahead’ Philippians 3:13
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