Pastor Kaye's Blog

A myth for you…

A myth is a multi-layered story, used by every religion in the world, which is designed to relate the “truth” even though the story in non-factual. I’d like to share a modern day myth with you…

One of my all-time favorite stories is Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach.  The story is about Jonathan, an unusual seagull who is unwilling to be limited by what seagull society has dictated are the duties, meanings and responsiblities of being part of the flock.  Though Jonathan is told that it is their lot in life to eat, and to survive as long as they can, Jonathan knows in his heart and soul that there is more.  For him, it is flying that brings his life meaning and purpose, and he is bound and determined to learn new, faster ways to fly.  One day, practicing his dive to try to improve his speed and technique, Jonathan dives from 5,000 feet and reaches a new top speed for seagulls, 212 miles per hour!  Unfortunately his amazing flight bursts through the Breakfast Flock and disturbs their morning feast.  When Jonathan returns to the flock later that night, he is ecstatic about his day’s accomplishments.  He is ready to take his friends to new heights and new adventures of flight – life has new meaning for him.  The elders in the flock are none too happy with him, however, and they banish Jonathan and declare him an Outcast for being irresponsible and “violating the dignity and tradition of the Gull Family.”

Jonathan spent the rest of his days on earth alone, though not saddened by his lonliness.  Instead, what saddened him was that the other gulls had refused to open their eyes and see. They refused to believe the glory of flight that awaited them.  You must read the rest of the story to find out the end, but suffice it to say that Jonathan learned more and became wiser than he ever thought possible.  Eventually he came to a place of understanding and forgiveness for the gulls who had cast him out. And in a different place and time he became a great teacher to another group of Outcasts.