A Rafter of Turkeys on a Cold Winter Day – A Matter of Perspective

This is a short post about perspectives and how we see value in the things or life. I was driving by a state park in Jordan, Minnesota on a day so cold that they closed the schools to keep the kids at home and I noticed there were hundreds of wild turkeys all along the the edge of the woods and even some on the road. I decided to turn around and see if I could get those three turkeys along the road on video because the really did look like three joggers out for their daily run. I wasn’t able to get that on video but here is what I did record:

I had to look up the term for a group of turkeys (turns out it they are not called a “committee”) and I read the terms are a flock of birds, a gaggle of geese and a rafter of turkeys. I don’t see that many turkeys every day so I found this interesting and entertaining. The best part of a rafter of wild turkeys on a cold winters day is that they don’t smell like they would on a hot summer day. To me the unusual experience seeing these turkeys was a blessing.

The lady is the next video has another perspective because she is harassed and bothered by Turkeys. I can’t imagine having to deal with that every day. To her the unpleasant experience is definitely a burden:

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Perspective as “a way of thinking about something; a sensible way of judging how good, bad, important etc something is in comparison with other things.

The Bible has a lot to teach us about perspectives – here are a few examples.

  • A good perspective on enjoying sweet stuff: “Do you like honey? Don’t eat too much, or it will make you sick!” Proverbs 25:16 (NLT)
  • A good perspective on showing up at your neighbors house: “Don’t visit your neighbors too often, or you will wear out your welcome.” Proverbs 25:17 (NLT)
  •  A good perspective on wealth:  First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. 9  For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.” Proverbs 30:8-9 (NLT)

There’s a lot more I could say on this topic but I think I’ve said enough for you to gobble up today.