All I needed was a breath of fresh air. I’d been teaching my online classes since the early hours that morning so after I finished I wandered over to the front door, swinging it wide to inhale the new morning.
As my eyes scanned the yard I saw something move out of the corner of my eye. There in the middle of our coiled up, garden hose sat a baby bird.
You could tell he wasn’t quite sure what he’d gotten himself into. I imagine one of his first attempts at solo flying hadn’t ended exactly the way he’d hoped and here he was in the middle of a big green wall of coiled rubber.
The mama in me grew anxious. I didn’t want to move him and yet I wasn’t sure how prepared he was to get himself out of this mess.
As my anxiousness grew, a mother robin flew in. She didn’t get too close, she just eyeballed me standing on my front porch way too close to her baby. Then, as I looked a bit closer I saw she came prepared. Grasped firmly in her beak was a nice juicy bug and I knew what she intended to do.
The mother knew her baby was in way over his head, literally, and was most likely worn out and exhausted from trying to deliver himself from this mess. So, she was going to feed him. I’m sure she knew the food would strengthen his tired body and her nearness would calm his beating heart. Soon He would have the strength to lift his wings and try again.
In those holy moments of watching their story unfold I was reminded that our Father does the same for us.
When we find ourselves in the worst possible circumstance, He comes. He rescues. He feeds us. He restores us.
Maybe you feel a bit lost or trapped though choices you’ve made or some that were made for you. Maybe you can’t imagine how you’ll find your way free. I assure you dear ones, you have a Father who sees and is already at work to provide you a way out.
“I sought the Lord and he answered me. He delivered me from all my troubles” (Psalm 34:4, NRSV).
What a sweet encouragement for my spirit today. I felt God’s invitation to be still and be fed. When I have had my fill (& the baskets of abundance left over!) I will have the energy to continue on.