Last spring a bird built a nest under the roof of our front porch where she laid her eggs. Soon after, two baby birds were born. We listened to their tiny chirps, and watched them stretch there little necks toward mama when she flew in the groceries. They seemed like a happy bird family.
Then one day as I passed by the porch door, something caught my eye. One of the babies had fallen several feet to the concrete floor below and he was barely moving. I alerted my husband who went out and gently lifted the little fuzz-covered guy back into the nest.
We wondered if baby had much hope of living after falling so far, and having been touched by human hands. But thankfully after work that evening we noticed mama bird comfortably perched over both babies. The bird emergency had passed… or so we thought.
Early the next day I checked the porch and there was baby again, limply plopped on the cement. At this point we assumed that mama must have reason to push him from the nest, but we did not have the heart to leave him for prey. So my husband returned him to the nest a second time.
Three days after the second rescue we heard a raucous on the porch. Both mama and papa were present and flying around the nest, and the two babies were straining their necks high to watch. They were alert, curious, and strong. Hurray! Baby was meant to live!
Jesus says, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” He points out that birds do not process the necessary human activities of life, but they are still tended to. They simply trust their Maker for their care. Jesus wants us to understand and apply this same principle; it is God’s provision, not our own abilities that sustain us.
Baby bird fell from great heights twice in a short period of time. Without someone providentially appointed to lift him, he would have died. In a similar manner people also fall. We fall into sin and sometimes also from great heights. Family, reputation, careers; so much is at stake when we sin that we feel hopeless and wonder if there really is a way back.
The Bible tells us that if we humble ourselves before the Lord, He will lift us up. Like baby who needed a rescuer, we too need someone greater than ourselves. We need Jesus! He has been providentially appointed to lift us up where we belong!
Psalm 30:1 NIV I will exalt you, O LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
James 4:10 NIV Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 4/11/2009 10:16 PM