Meet Omar, my African Gray. The Hebrew meaning of Omar is “he that speaks; eloquent speaker.” African Grays are noted for their ability to quickly pick up not only the words of their owner but their voice tone as well. They, like a child, learn to speak when they are 6 months to a year old. And like with children you must be careful what you say often around them least you hear it repeated when you most likely desire it not to be.Omar has indeed become “the speaker”. When I spend time talking with him, his (my) words flow effortless from him. However, if Omar does not hear the voice of his owner often enough only noise (sounds of his world) come out of his mouth (so to speak.)
Crazy thing how God uses things, people or even pets to teach us needed lessons. Have you already caught my drift here?Aren't we a lot like Omar? When we stay close to our owner (maker) we mimic his words, his heart. However if we drift too far we only make the noise of this world!
So who owns you? Are you listening and learning to sound like Him? How I long to be an imitator of my Lord!
“You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1 ESV)