My family and I were recently working outside on our deck. My hubby left the screened porch door open and a small bird flew in. My hubby and my son immediately went in to try to get the little bird safely out.
The bird was terrified. It desperately flapped its wings to get as far as possible away from its would-be rescuers. It didn’t know they were trying to help. It flew into the screen several times and I was very concerned that it would injure itself.
The door was wide open, but it couldn’t seem to find its way out.
Eventually, they were able to shoo it close enough to the door that it finally was able to fly through it to freedom.
I thought about the struggle with that little bird long after it was over. I thought about how much easier it would have been if the little bird would have worked with its rescuers instead of fighting them. But, it did not understand and so it was afraid.
That little bird made me think about our own struggles in life. Like the little bird, we sometimes fly ourselves into scary places and find ourselves unable to escape. We also often find ourselves flailing about, scared silly, flying into walls.
But, we have a rescuer in Jesus. We have a Savior who reaches for us to help us to safety and to freedom from whatever chains us. However, just like that little bird, we often find ourselves afraid to trust Him. We sometimes have a difficult time believing that His love is real and that His way is the best for us.
And so we continue to fly frantically into the walls of our own making. Until, we have some kind of soul shift. Somehow, for whatever reason a light clicks on for us and we finally get it. Finally, we understand what is so amazing about grace.
Jesus reaches for us and we reach back and then we clearly see the wide open door to freedom. The real beauty is that it was there all along, we just have to be willing to trust Him wherever He may lead.
A little bird reminded me. Perhaps you needed reminding too.
Have an awesome day!