Gift of the Cuckoo

Amy’s dad was stationed in Germany during the Korean war. He used his furloughs to travel around, see the country, and do some shopping. During one of those jaunts, he stopped at an old clock shop and bought two cuckoo clocks. He came home, married, and then had two daughters. But the cuckoo clocks were long forgotten.

John went to be with the Lord in 1998 at the age of 67, too young for such a fine man.

A couple of years ago, Amy’s mom was rummaging through some old boxes and found the two cuckoo cocks. She got them fixed up and gave one to Amy and the other to her sister as Christmas presents. The perfect presents.

So now we have a cuckoo clock.

You should have seen us when we first hung it up. “Hey everyone come see the cuckoo bird!” All the boys gathered in the dining room where we hung it. We waited for the little blue bird to make his appearance. Right on time, the door flew open and out he popped, little bill flapping as the clock cuckooed the time. My two younger sons loved it. The teenagers shrugged it off, “That’s uh, great dad.”

The rest of the day Amy, the two little guys, and me had a big time celebrating the hourly appearance of the cuckoo.

At first, I heard every cuckoo. But as the days went by. . . I don’t know. . . I learned to tune it out. He still showed up hourly but nobody paid much attention. Even my younger sons lost interest.

One night I was in bed and I heard the Cuckoo pop his little head out and give us the time. I thought to myself, “That’s consistency! That little bird keeps right on singing, on the hour, every hour whether anyone ever listens to him or not. His job isn’t to gain an audience. His job is to deliver the time.”

I’m not sure, but I think I heard the Spirit of God whisper something to me: “Bill, that’s the sort of consistency I want from you.”

…be steadfast immovable, always abounding in the work of the lord knowing that your toil is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)

You might think that what you do is about as significant as a cuckoo clock. Here’s the good news. You don’t have to be splashy or showy or draw a lot of attention to yourself. Just be consistent.

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