Before I get into detail about the little bird in my backyard, take a listen to my friend’s exquisite voice in a lullaby she recently wrote. She entitled the song, “Little Bird.” You can go to the link here.
This morning I watched a baby bird hop on the ground in pursuit of its parent, and I knew there was something deeper happening that what met my eyes… Teach me, Father.
Let me backtrack a few days: last week I noticed a low-lying nest of baby birds as I did some work in my backyard flower beds. They seemed surprised at being discovered, but I gave them assurance that I would not harm them. A few days later, my daughter, Jordan, calls me to say she rescued a baby bird out of our pool, but it appeared to be injured and suffering. She said she couldn’t bear the thought of watching the little thing die. On my way home to her and the bird, I sought out options for medical treatment at our local animal clinics, but when I arrived and saw its improvement, I knew the best option was to reunite him with his family. Jordan stayed with the baby, and I went to the backyard to inspect the nest I found last week. I saw a match to the little guy now under our care. My husband put on surgical gloves and returned little bird to his habitat. Later in the day, we watched him take flight again and successfully reach other limbs.
Currently, little bird hops along the ground, seeking the presence of his parent. He chirps and bounces next to the adult robin so he can receive a meal. When the parent flies to the opposite side of our backyard fence, the baby bird tries desperately to reach her and even attempts to squeeze through the 1″ opening in the slats! The parent has what little bird wants, and he pursues her with passion.
Do you and I see ourselves as little children in pursuit of our heavenly Father? Do we have that desperation for Him, knowing that everything we long for in this life will be satisfied in His Presence?
One final observation: I noticed that the baby bird was priority for the parent. Whenever he tried to put his round, little body through the fence openings, she would poke her beak through and feed him. I see the compassion of the Lord Jesus Christ in this illustration. I can hear Him say, “I’ll meet you where you are- even if it’s a hindered state. I want to nourish you because you were made for more than a ground-dwelling existence.”
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:29-31).
Maybe it’s just a needed reminder for you today- the eyes of the Father are upon you, Friend. He is very much aware of your need and is attentive to you. Are you seeking Him? In His Presence, you will find satisfaction. And know that you were created for more. Just like a bird’s wings are not made for the ground-dwelling, nor are you made for a status-quo life. For all who belong to Jesus, the Spirit has breathed destiny into our existence, and we have been lifted up to the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus!
Check out tomorrow’s post on Sharing Love and Truth, “Spiritual Fervor.”
Watching and learning,