While driving down country roads one day, I came upon this scene, one you’re unlikely to see in more cosmopolitan neighborhoods where posh, sophisticated folks live. There’s something about country people, people who live in the rural areas, that is quite liberating and freeing. They aren’t worried about what the neighbors will think or if something meets with zoning ordinances or neighborhood codes or political correctness. They’re just themselves and they don’t mind expressing what counts to them, what’s in their hearts and in their souls. On an island in a little pond at the front of their property, the homeowners of this particular property have constructed this scene from Calvary, Jesus Crucified with His mother Mary standing faithfully, lovingly, and sorrowfully at His feet. But if you look a little closer you’ll see another figure—a cormorant which remained on that cross with Jesus for as long as I sat at the roadside looking and taking pictures.
As I studied the photo when I returned home, it came to me that I was witnessing the BEST BAIL-OUT PLAN ever devised, the only one that has worked and will ever work. Jesus came to Earth to bail us out of our self-imposed misery and sins, to pull us out of spiritual bankruptcy, and to show us the way to the peacefulness of heaven. Today, we hear lots of talk from politicians, mere men, who think they can bail us out of our woes. I think we’d all be much better off if we looked to the only real leader, our Messiah, who alone can save the day!
Seems to me even the cormorant would agree!