My husband and I love sitting in our rockers on our front porch. Last night as we enjoyed the Arizona evening, Brad noticed there was a new nest in the branches above in the trees containing two baby birds. To our dismay – one of the baby birds got out of the nest and didn’t fly away, but fell right before us. It was evident the bird misjudged his destination and was not ready to leave the nest. Well that’s all it took for my own mama instincts to kick-in. I heard the beginning of the old show Emergency in my head; engine 51 engine 51...Brad sprung to his feet and gathered gloves and a ladder and climbed high into the branches of the tree to replace the baby bird. Just as he did that – the other bird flew away and “our” bird once again fell out. It seemed to us that little bird was determined to do something he shouldn’t. Now we weren’t sure if we had just interfered with a bird trying (unsuccessfully) to leave the nest or not. So we watched and observed for a moment. What we noticed was not good. When the bid was on the ground it just hopped and walked – it never flew. We didn’t want any desert prey swallowing it up. So once again we put the bird back where it belonged. This time it knew enough to stay in the nest for its own good.
It brought to mind the story of Jonah. Jonah 1 tells us the Lord wanted Jonah to go to Ninevah to take the message of salvation but Jonah rebelled and thought he should sail to Tarshish instead. Like the little bird in the nest, Jonah was determined to do things his own way. The Lord knew he was endangering himself and others by doing his own thing (unsuccessfully) so God redirected him. How did he do this? The men on the ship threw Jonah overboard. He was swallowed up by a whale and stayed in its belly three days until Jonah realized God knew best (Jonah 1:15-17). So what can we learn from Jonah and our little bird friend? Sometimes God calls us to be the one to “go” – but we need to observe His timing and direction, sometimes God calls us to push someone overboard to help redirect them (or in our case pick them back up when they fell out from under God’s protection and help get them back where they belong), and sometimes we are called to be the whale and house them until their rebellion towards God is over and they are ready to obey God’s call on their lives in His way and timing. Where are you today? If you aren’t sure, pray, wait on the Lord, and clearly discern God’s leading – and then once He directs you, obey and spread you wings and fly!
Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
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