A Brighter Midnight Musing (No Pelicans Were Harmed in the Writing of This Post)…

pelican sun

There was severe weather in North Carolina today.

I don’t know if you all saw it, but an adventurous cameraman caught a waterspout with his smart phone and the footage is currently “trending” on Facebook (which means, thousands of people are viewing it).

I’ll have you know, readers, that twister sprouted a few miles from where, last week, a pelican did his business on the head of a gloomy (though defiant) redneck, who was standing on the boardwalk, staring pensively into the ocean.

Yes, I’ve read my Coleridge.  I know what might happen if I exact revenge on one of the bird’s relatives.  Plus, I can’t discharge firearms on the beach.  I thought of my compound bow (I’m a fairly good shot), but gave that up as well.  I’d draw too much attention carting it over the dunes.  That left me with ye ol’ slingshot, the terror of neighborhood cats back home.  The squirrel slayer.  It’s small so I can easily hide it.  If I’m not too out of practice, I might be able to hit the danged bird.  I used to use marbles when I was serious about accuracy.  They fly truer than rocks.

But now I can avoid the curse of the albatross as well as possible arrest warrants because that bird (or one like him) may well have been sucked into the water spout!  (We can only hope so).


I’m still confused about that omen.

My friends laugh about it and rightly so – it’s hilarious.  God has a sense of humor, at least.  But some tell me it’s a sin to look for omens in the world.  Others tell me God doesn’t work that way.  “Sometimes things just happen.”


I’m sorry.  Not like that they don’t!

There I was, praying to God, asking for help, a sign, inspiration, something, anything!  And seconds later, the bird nails me?  That’s a coincidence?

I’d rather believe God sent that bird than believe He never sends any birds.

Some of my friends strike me as unwitting deists.  Deists look at the world as a big wilderness, abandoned by God.  Nothing has spiritual meaning.  All that happens is mundane and they accept it as stoically as possible.  On the other hand, I don’t want to be like some of the crazy conspiracy theorists I know.  They see signs and meanings in *everything*.  There were six clouds in the sky on the morning of June the sixth?!  It must be the end of the world!

No, I don’t want to stray too far one way or the other.  I want to be safely in the middle, right in the line of fire of whatever bird the Lord sends my way.  If He’s willing to manipulate Heaven, Earth, and every air-current in between to bring me and that pelican together, then He must really love me.

…and that’s encouraging.

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3 Responses to A Brighter Midnight Musing (No Pelicans Were Harmed in the Writing of This Post)…

  1. Swiss Kinist says:

    I can not remember if it was the 1st or 2nd volume of Rushdoony’s Institutes, but I remember him saying something to the effect that people who believe that individual events are orchestrated by God specifically for themselves, that they are distorted in their thinking and think the whole world revolves around themselves; or something of that nature, he said.

    I do not know his entire position on the subject because he did not delve into much detail, but I remember disagreeing with him. I think God is big enough that all events everywhere are specifically orchestrated for every single individual person. Especially true of the Christian, I would think.

    You are right to be encouraged, brother.

  2. Dabney's Revenge says:

    Your last sentence is right on the money… and not just encouraging but the only scenario that gives everything any meaning whatever.

    I will say this whole incident does lend substance to Luther’s suggestion that we Christians are, in our justified state, are snow-covered dung.

  3. lazarusnorth says:

    I’ve been thinking about this incident, off and on since you posted it. I confess I’ve been a bit perplexed as to what to make of it. But finally, I think I’ve found the answer: I was reading in Jeremiah just now, and came across this passage:

    Thus says the Lord:

    “Do not learn the way of the Gentiles;
    Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven,
    For the Gentiles are dismayed at them.
    For the customs of the peoples are futile;
    For one cuts a tree from the forest,
    The work of the hands of the workman, with the ax.
    They decorate it with silver and gold;
    They fasten it with nails and hammers
    So that it will not topple.
    They are upright, like a palm tree,
    And they cannot speak;
    They must be carried,
    Because they cannot go by themselves.
    Do not be afraid of them,
    For they cannot do evil,
    Nor can they do any good.”

    – Jeremiah 10:2-5

    It seems that the “signs of heaven” (stars, planets, birds and other omens) are put in a class with idols — worthless superstitions of no import. I would suggest that the pelican was a test, perhaps sent by God as a reminder not to heed omens! Or maybe, as another of your readers suggested, by the devil as a trick.

    There are other signs, however, that God himself tells us to heed: the signs of his judgment against apostate nations:

    Even the stork in the heavens
    Knows her appointed times;
    And the turtledove, the swift, and the swallow
    Observe the time of their coming.
    But My people do not know the judgment of the Lord…

    …From the prophet even to the priest
    Everyone deals falsely.
    For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly,
    Saying, ‘Peace, peace!’
    When there is no peace.

    – Jeremiah 8:7,10b-11

    Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.

    – Matthew 16:1-4


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