Jun. 8, 2018

The Bird of Hope

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”             Mt. 10:29-31

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”         Is. 40:31

There are about 300 verses in the Bible concerning birds. That last one about mounting up with wings as eagles was the life verse of Jay and Leila Davis, John’s parents, wonderful people who loved God with all their hearts and never ceased to pray for us.

God loves His birds. Remember Noah, releasing a raven out his window to see if the land was still covered in water? Then he sent out a dove and that little guy came back with an olive leaf in its beak. Then...

“God! Opened up the door to a world they’d never seen before! Sun was blazin’ in their eyes. Birds flew out and filled the skies. Then two by two, they lost their zoo! Those animals had more fun than anyone! Racing, chasing in the sun! A whole new life had just begun!” *

The picture is a bird who comes almost daily to perch at the very top of this very tall tree, which has to be 50’ if it’s an inch. He sways up there, surveying the world spread before him. He sits peacefully for many minutes. We arrive at the same time, around 6:00 a.m. or so, and he looks at the world and I read my bible and the day’s passage from Jesus Calling. I call him the bird of hope.

On May 24th, the last part of Jesus Calling was this awesome thought:

“There are actually more than four dimensions in this world where you live. In addition to the three dimensions of space and the one of time, there is the dimension of openness to My Presence. This dimension transcends the others, giving you glimpses of heaven while you still reside  on earth. This was part of my original design for mankind. Adam and Eve used to walk with Me in the garden, before their expulsion from Eden. I want you to walk with Me in the garden of your heart, where I have taken up permanent residence.”

This picture...the garden of your heart...made me hope that the garden of my heart is filled with all good things, like the fruit of the Spirit. My friend, Cecilia, said, “The garden of my heart is full of Christmas trees and lights today.” That the picture of flowers I had sent her, “Are reminders that God cares to make all the little things beautiful. He is love.” Gardens usually involve birds.

The bird of hope was on his perch and mentioning him to Cecilia and my granddaughters, Ashley and Nicole brought forth several lovely stories of birds who seem to bring encouragement and...well, hope!

Cecilia: “That bird reminds me of right after I had Sadie (her three year old daughter) I had the baby blues but every morning at 4:00 I would hear the same bird outside my room singing. He was like my best friend. I will never forget the melody the bird by my room sang every day. He really brought me joy when I was depressed.”

Ashley: “There is a hummingbird who comes to my back yard almost every day. He always shows up when I feel anxious or worried about something. I know it is God telling me to relax and he will take care of me.”

Nicole: “I had that same thing when I lived in San Diego, hummingbirds around when I was feeling any anxiety at all. Amazing!”

Scott Daniels, Senior pastor at College Church of the Nazarene, Nampa, Idaho used a phrase frequently to explain wonderful, unexplainable things, “It’s Him again!” The bird of hope is Him again. The dawn singer outside the window, “It’s Him again!”

When I see that bird, swaying on that high branch, I feel that same thing, “It’s Him again!”

 “That is why I tell you not to worry about your everyday life – whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to Him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” Mt. 6:25-27

Seen any birds lately?

* “Look For The Rainbow” “Hands!” The Musical -  Lyrics by Deanne Davis, Music by David Wheatley