I have heard rumors of what a chicken can do when her head has been cut off. Mind you, I’ve never seen the spectacle for myself. My neighborhood is currently short on live chickens, and Hardings Market sells them to us all neatly wrapped in cellophane, post-butchering. But if reports are correct, once a chicken’s head has been removed she can run wildly about the yard, smashing into objects and causing mayhem. I’m sure it’s quite a sight, but I hope to live the rest of my years without personally observing this.
On the other hand, let’s talk about the appliances in our kitchens. Once those things have been removed from their power source, they do nothing. Nada. Zip. They don’t whip up my cake batter, they don’t brew up my coffee, and they won’t even toast my bread. They are useless, unless we need shiny paperweights or expensive clutter for our counters.
As humans, we have the same sorts of problems as chickens and coffee pots. If we’re removed from our heads and our power sources, we lose our ability to function. Have you been feeling like a wild, headless chicken lately? Are you rushing from activity to activity? Have you lost your sense of direction and purpose?
Or maybe you have just lost your connection to your energy source. Do you find yourself on the couch most days, waiting for something to motivate you? Maybe you drag yourself through your days, wondering why you even get out of bed in the morning. You suffer through work, feel disconnected from your friends and family, and can’t even find a reason to go to church.
Some of you are panicking, thinking, “I spend half my day like a headless chicken and the other half like an unplugged mixer. I run; then I can’t move. Run; stop running. Repeat and repeat.”
Don’t panic, because there’s a solution, my friends.
Colossians 2:19 says, “He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.” (NIV)
Losing the connection to the Head is a timeless problem. People have been doing it since the beginning. It doesn’t matter what we are doing in life—mothering, teaching, doctoring, cleaning—we all need to stay connected to God or we aren’t going to function like He intends. Honestly, do we think God wants us running like headless chickens? Or comatose on the couch? I don’t think so. I think we each have a specific purpose and plan, and God give us just enough energy and direction to get that purpose done each day. If, if, we stay connected to Him.
Colossians 3:1-4 goes on to say this: “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (NIV)
That’s the secret to staying connected to our Head and power source. We need to set our minds on things above as we go through our day. We pray and ask God for wisdom and strength. We think of Jesus’ example when we are faced with challenging situations. We “clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience” (Col. 3:12b) in our relationships with other people. And as we choose over and over again to seek God’s direction in our lives, we never lose our connection with the Head.
As you set out on this new week, I hope these words from Colossians are encouraging to you. I’ll be working on strengthening my connection to God; I hope you’ll join me! And when one of you finds me running like a crazy chicken by Wednesday, I hope you’ll point this out to me. Thanks for watching my back, friends!
(And I’d just like to point out that I purposefully did not include any pictures of headless chickens. The internet being what it is, I’m sure I could have found some. But I didn’t, because that would have been tacky. You can thank me later.)