Harley is a beggar because she is so afraid of missing a meal. We have cared for her for 9 years now, yet each morning and afternoon she prepares to remind us to feed her. Harley lives with the constant fear that she will not be fed, and no matter what I don’t think I will ever ease this fear. Watching her fear and anxiety is a strong reminder that I need to believe that my Father in heaven will care for me and not be fearful of the future. He will provide for my needs. “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4.
I experienced another example of fear this past week, and I am not sure who was more fearful the baby bluebirds, the babies parents, or me! I came home from work to find our bluebird house on the ground practically upside down. Apparently, one of the men mowing our yard hit the fence and caused the house to fall. I knew baby birds had recently hatched because the Mommy and Daddy bluebirds had been working non-stop to feed their young. “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26.
My husband found me in tears and jumped into action. His caring not just for me but the babies was touching and appreciated as I struggled not to just fall apart. His love for both reminded me of my Father who cares for me like the birds of the air. ” He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry.” Psalm 147:9
After he put the house back up and even checked and knew the babies were alive, he consoled me while sharing the reality that the mom and dad might abandon the nest. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13: 34-35.
Praying and Singing
I watch the rest of the evening only to see no activity. I laid in bed that night thinking about the babies in the nest and knew that sometimes this is the cycle of life, but how lonely and frightened the little ones must be. I prayed for the Lord to care for the babies. ” “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.
The next morning sitting on the back patio sipping my first cup of coffee, momma bluebird arrives to feed her babies. Soon daddy bluebird follows and the chirping fills my heart. All is right with the world again. “Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches. ” Psalm 104:12.
Spread Your Wings
Two days later – early in the morning mommy and daddy bluebird are still hard at work, and the chirping is growing louder and stronger. I know that they will soon be spreading their wings to fly. “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31.
I will be sad to see the babies go but happy that more bluebirds will soon fly and sing upon our earth.
Closing Verse: “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7.
Challenge: Live your life knowing that God is in charge and will care for you just as he does the birds of the air.
Another week and I continue to see smiles across the face of the person I am praying for daily. I know that life is not great at times, but I can see areas where happiness and success are claiming her life. Praise God!