Good morning. It is Wednesday, March 30, 2022.
I read a story about a flamingo that had escaped from captivity. As I read it, I found some parallels to myself, when I was held in the captivity of sin.
The flamingo’s name is Pink Floyd, and according msn.com, the famous flamingo escaped a Kansas zoo 17 years ago and has recently been filmed off the coast of Texas.
The flamingo was spotted on March 10 in Cox Bay near Port Lavaca, Texas…In the footage, Pink Floyd can be seen paddling in shallow coastal waters in the distance, easily recognizable among the other wildlife.
The escapee fled from Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita in 2005…As a preventative measure for such incidents, zoos usually cut off a part of a bird's wing when they are born, which prevents them from flying away.
However, according to The New York Times, when Pink Floyd and 39 other flamingos arrived at the Kansas zoo from their home country, Tanzania, they were adults and zookeepers were concerned cutting their wings would be inhumane. Zookeepers instead decided to clip just their feathers.
But in 2005, Pink Floyd, along with a companion, managed to fly away from the zoo.
Soon after the escape, the two flamingos both went their separate ways following a large thunderstorm…The other flamingo went north and has not been seen since. Pink Floyd went to the Gulf Coast. Since then, he has been spotted throughout the years in Louisiana, Arkansas and sometimes as far away as Wisconsin…Most sightings have occurred in Texas.
While American flamingos can be found in northern South America, the West Indies, Yucatán, and the Galápagos Islands, they are an extremely rare sight to behold in the U.S. They can occasionally be found in Florida, but they do not breed there. For this reason, Pink Floyd has been a favorite among birdwatchers in the area ever since he escaped captivity.
The flamingo is now about 27 years old…Flamingos tend to live longer in captivity, up to 50 years. In the wild, the average life span is 20 to 30 years.
Scott Newland the Sedgwick County Zoo's curator of birds, previously told The Kansas City Star in 2013 that he was hesitant to talk about how the bird escaped in a "very rare moment." Newland said that it had been a "black eye," and "basically an error." The zoo is not fond of the story, he said.
Even though the flamingo is not living in its natural wild habitat, the species can usually adapt to its surrounding environment. A flamingo expert at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Felicity Arengo, told The New York Times in 2018 that provided the species have salty wetlands, they can be "pretty resilient." -msn.com
"If you’ve ever played the popular board game, Monopoly, you’ve probably received a “Get Out of Jail Free” card which was your ticket to instant freedom in spite of any penalty that had been assessed.
Although many believers don’t realize it, God has given each of us a “Get Out of Jail Free” card — Jesus’ death on the Cross makes it possible for us to escape from our prison of sin and death!
People try all sorts of other things to overcome their feelings of imprisonment, but only Jesus’ blood can truly cleanse our sins and set us free.
The Freedom It Brings!
If God has forgiven your shortcomings and sins, why should you be imprisoned by them? If the devil keeps sowing condemnation in your life by bringing up your painful sinful past, remember this: The devil is a liar!
God’s Word says. “There is therefore now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1)!
On the Cross, Jesus bore all your fears, guilt, and shame so you don’t have to bear them any longer! Once you grasp this truth, you’ll not only be free from the jailhouse of your past, but also free to go forward in God and experience a new beginning in Him.
What a blessing to receive God’s “Get Out of Jail Free” card! You can toss that guilt, fear, shame, or condemnation out of your life, out of your mind, and out of your spirit — and come into God’s presence with praise and worship!
Don’t Go Back to Jail — Try Forgiveness Instead
It breaks God’s heart that many of His children have “gone back to jail” after He graciously forgave their sins. For whatever reason, some of us allow unforgiveness toward others to bring them back into a spiritual prison. Don’t let that happen to you.
Instead, follow the example that the Lord has done for you in Jesus’ death on the Cross:
He showed His compassion for you
He forgave your debt of sin
He released you from the prison of your past
So many people today are being tormented by their past; by their failures and mistakes or by the ways they’ve been victimized by another person.
If you find yourself in a place of torment, God wants to release you, but the key to your prison is in your own hand. Why not take time today to spend an intimate moment with the Lord, asking Him to work His forgiveness in your heart?" (Inspiration Ministries. Source: inspiration.org)