Saturday, January 26, 2008

In His protective hands

On my way back from church today I saw a little bird that was repeatedly flying into the windows of the gym. Seeing the blue sky and trees in the window, he would fly full force towards it, crash against the glass, flutter to the ground, and then try again. He couldn't get himself past the thought that flying into the window panes did not get him to his desired haven of rest. Finally in a daze he fell on the sidewalk at my feet, exhausted.

Stooping down to the poor little frightened fellow I said a few comforting words him, swept him up into my hands, and carried him away from the deleterious windows to a big tree by the sidewalk. As I walked, he looked devotedly into my face, almost as if he recognized a friend. He glanced up at me one last time as if to say "thank you" then flew off into the shelter of the towering tree.

Often we are headstrong just like the little bird, flying into a fake "sky" thinking that once we are in those blue "clouds" we would be safe. All too often that "sky" is just something that makes the world swim before us and dashes us to the ground, helpless and hopeless. If we were left on our own, we would always be flying to the fake and never see the whole real world around us.

Thankfully there is Someone who is nearby who wants to help us. He longs to pick us up into His protective hands and shelter us from the fantasies of this world and set us free to the realities of His world. All we have to do is submit to Him. We need to quit resisting, and be willing to be carried in His hands to safety. I want to nestle in God's hands, do you?


Little Christen said...

Very well-written, Martina. What a great story! :)

chispa said...

Mind if I add your link to my page? Thanks!

Jan Robert (Robby) Heiberg said...

What a great analogy Martina! You are such a animal friendly person - it's no wonder they all love you :).
I want to nestle in God's hands as well.

Chopsticks on Oboe said...

Shama: No problem about adding a link! Good to see you have a blog!

Farf/Morfar said...

Amazing, true story with deep, spiritual insight.
Makes us think.



Threads Everywhere said...

Isn't it wonderful that God came in human form? What if the Savior was huge in comparison, as you were to the little birdie? How frightening! And yet, He is enormous and the whole universe cannot contain Him! It was His understanding of our fears and compassion for our weakness that gave us a Savior we could identify with. I'm glad the little birdie trusted you, he/she appears wiser than most humans!

Per said...

"Two sparrows are sold for a farthing, aren't they? Yet not a single sparrow falls to the ground without your Father's knowledge." Matt10:29. And here He gave you the privilege of rescuing and redirecting the little bird. What fun!

Chopsticks on Oboe said...

Mom and Dad, I'm so glad that Jesus loves even the little birdies, and that He loves us too! "If God so loves the little things, I know He loves me too!"