I strutted around thinking I was really something, pleased with myself as I showed off the tail-feathers of my talents and abilities.
Then the Lord gently spoke to my heart as He placed His finger on certain areas of my life, and asked me to humble myself and obey His leading.
But I closed my ear and did not listen. So He quietly plucked a feather.
I did not notice the plucking, and so went on in my sense of self-importance.
Soon He returned, and placed His finger again on the area of my heart that He wanted me to surrender.
Again, I ignored Him.
So He plucked another feather. And I, unaware of it, continued on my way.
In His lovingkindness and patience He continued to visit me and point out the area of my need. But I kept strutting around in my self-satisfaction.
Then one day, my tail-feathers were all gone.
But amazingly, I kept strutting about thinking I was as beautiful as ever.
When with rebukes You correct man for iniquity, You make his beauty melt away like a moth. Surely every man is a vapor. Psalm 39: 11