This post was actually written and originally published last summer…but it was on my mind today. I think my heart needed the reminder…and, just in case you’re feeling a bit like you’re having a tough time navigating through life today, I thought I’d share the reminder with you, too…
God pursues us. It’s amazing, really, to think of all the ways His love reaches out to bring light into our darkness. Sometimes it’s the little things that speak most loudly to me…these days, I’m reminded of Him every time I step through my front door. Birds –cardinals, blue-jays, and other darlings that I don’t know by name –are everywhere in my front and back yard these days…and with every flutter of wings and chirp-tweet-chirps, I am flooded with awe that God is taking care of each little bird with His eternal wisdom and patient care.
My family probably thinks it’s a little odd that I’m so fascinated with birds. I bought a few pretty pictures of birds for my bedroom (it helped that the paintings’ colors exactly matched the blue of our walls) and I was so excited to find the sweetest necklace with a sparrow charm (see above picture) which I wear…almost every day. And I guess they find me at the windows, bird-watching more than they think is normal.
But birds have a lot to teach me.
I love that birds don’t stress. The weather, the cats, the hunt for food…none of it keeps a bird up at night. They don’t fret about tomorrow. They don’t waste time regretting the worm that they didn’t catch yesterday. They don’t wallow in inferiority because that bird across the street flew higher than they did this morning. They don’t cower in their nest, worried that their wings will fail them or that their song isn’t good enough.
Instead, they just lift their heads and soar.
They just open those beaks and sing.
In each moment they’re given, they just take flight and live.
And it’s beautiful to behold.
I want to be like the birds, content in being who the Creator made me to be. Unafraid to step out of the nest. Trusting, at all times, that my Provider is able to take care of me. Able to share my song without hesitation because He created me to sing it…and resting in the shadow of His mighty wing without fear.
What I really like about my necklace is this: the bird’s wings are outstretched and she’s joyfully flying with all her might…but, all the while, she is securely up-held, “hemmed in behind and before” by the strength of the necklace connected to her.
Just as, all the while, we are upheld by the strength of His love, His hand ever holding us fast.
From Psalm 139, verses 1-10…
You have searched me, LORD,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, LORD, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.