“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.” Matthew 10:29 NIV
Hubby found this baby bird smack dab in the middle of our front walkway on Holy Saturday. Worried that someone or something might harm this little creature, he carefully moved it to the gravel in our front yard. Later, when Hubby found its abandoned nest, we tucked the baby back into its cotton-lined home. (We searched the internet to determine whether to put it in a shoe box and try to hand feed it or place it back in its nest. It was recommended that the baby be returned to its nest.)
“Lord, I prayed, You know when one sparrow falls from a tree. Please take care of this little one and bring its mommy back to feed it.”
That night we checked on our nestling, using a flashlight to peer into the bush where it lay quietly. Hubby whistled and baby opened wide its mouth. My heart broke.
The next day, Hubby squished banana, water, and some bird seed we had left over in the pantry into a substitute food for mama bird’s best. Carefully, he placed a miniature aluminum foil bowl with the mush in the nest.
Three days later, baby bird is still alive.
|Back view of nestling
If Hubby and I are caring for this little bird out of compassion, how much more will our Heavenly Father care for us. We did not create the bird. It is not part of our family. We have nothing to gain except a joyful heart if little one makes it. Yet, our Father in heaven has created us, made us part of His family by the blood of His Son, Jesus. His investment in us is huge. He delights in us and we give Him great pleasure. He will have the desire of His heart fulfilled if we live in Him–the gift of eternal life for us completed.
He knows our every need. He sees when we fall. He is hovering over us, even when we can’t feel His presence. He does care for us in His way and in His time. Like the baby bird, we need to trust and eat from His provision for us–His word and His love.
|Hoping this was Mama Bird–haven’t seen one in the nest, though
“And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows. Matthew 10:30-31 NIV
P.S. Our evening check on birdie revealed him turned toward the bowl Hubby refilled. Still no mama bird.