A few weeks ago, we discovered a tiny bird nest in one of the rose bushes just out the front of our house. It had two baby birds in it, and by the time we noticed it, they were already feathered. Only a few days later they were out of the nest, trying to fly. They didn’t know fear, so we picked them up, carried them around, and photographed them copiously. The parents at first didn’t seem to mind, but after a while they became aggressive, and you’ve got to admire them – a tiny bird less than the size of my hand coming for me and my family because of its care and concern for its offspring. I think that’s powerful because it shows that when we have a big enough incentive, we will do whatever it takes. And Jesus did: that’s what brought Him to this world, and took Him to Calvary. The most amazing thing though, is that the incentive was us.
A couple of days later, the baby birds found their wings enough to fly successfully, and I guess Mummy and Daddy bird decided that enough was enough, because we haven’t seen them since. But it’s amazing how one small bird family kept us entertained for ages: we would go out and see where they were, and if they were alright, and we would watch them try to fly, or huddle out of the rain. They brought joy, and taught lessons. God combined so much into one kind of bird, and then remember that He also created thousands of other kinds of birds, not even to mention other animals: it's incredible when you think about it. He created such variety, and wove intricate details into every single specimen, and somehow included lessons we can learn from them all. And then He placed an example right outside our window.
“But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:7-10
“In one of His most impressive lessons Christ says, “Behold the fowls of the air; for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them…” The Great Teacher is here leading our minds to understand the parental care and love which God has for His children. He directs them to observe the birds flitting from tree to tree, or skimming upon the bosom of the lake, without a flutter of distrust of fear. God’s eye is upon these little creatures; He provides them food; He answers all their simple wants. Jesus inquires, “Are ye not much better than they?” If God cares for and preserves the little birds, will He not have far greater love and care for the creatures formed in His image?” In Heavenly Places p114