God has planted so many images of His character in nature. If we want to see a picture of Him, then we need to follow the psalmist’s advice and “meditate upon His wonders” (Ps. 139: 27) In fact, the psalmist tells us that all of the Heavens shine forth with God’s love and character:
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” (Ps 19:1-4 NIV)
I got a call the other night from a lady who purchased a pair of lineolated parakeets from me about two years ago. She was calling to tell me that there had been a terrible cage door accident, and one of her birds was seriously injured. He couldn’t walk or fly, in fact, he could barely move. He somehow managed to pull himself up onto a perch, and there he sat, huddled down into his ruffled feathers.
My former client was distraught. She saw no human way for him to survive, and was sure the most humane thing to do was to put him out of his misery. After talking for a few moments, I told her I would pray for the bird. She thanked me, and we hung up.
It was shortly after this telephone conversation that something beautiful happened. The lady and her son went out to the store to get a new drinking bottle so that they could put some medication in a bottle of water near the injured bird. When they returned, the bird had literally disappeared. At first they imagined the worst, but when he wasn’t lying on the floor of the cage, they were mystified as to where he could be. Then they thought to look in the bird’s nesting box. You see, this little boy is in the process of raising 4 babies, the youngest of which was 5 days old. He had somehow managed to crawl into the box and was in the process of feeding his babies.
What a beautiful picture of love! Pure, innocent love. Selfless love. God’s love! Love that left a prefect, peaceful home to suffer brutal abuse, to die a cruel death, love that Jesus has for each one of us. And that love was displayed clearly for my friend and her son through this little, hurt bird.
I am very happy to tell you that the bird recovered from his injuries. Praise be to God! Let’s remember his story, however, and let us be drawn to the God who planted that selfless love inside of His creation. If you’ve never accepted Jesus into your heart, then remember the bird. Remember God’s unfailing love that He expressed through Jesus. Come to Him today! Don’t wait another minute!
In His love,
Lyn Chaffart, Mother of two teens, Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, and Scriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, www.scripturalnuggets.org, with Answers2Prayer Ministries, www.Answers2Prayer.org.