We have an interesting situation at our house. Our home has huge windows facing out to our backyard; behind the fence in the yard is a grouping of trees that serve as a “gathering place” for a multitude of birds. Early in the morning my husband and I often comment that the birds are holding “church services” back there!
Here’s the sad challenge~ daily I hear one or two loud noises as a bird, flying confidently through its day, slams into my window and falls to the ground. Sometimes, after they get their bearings, they cautiously fly away. Sometimes they die. I am so sad every time!! Outside of putting decals all over my picture windows; I can’t save them from this unforseen challenge!
As always, these situations give me reason to ponder and find the truth about life in the experience. Today I realized that just like the birds, there are times we are just going along with our daily routines and WHAM! We find we have hit an unforseen challenge! Didn’t see it coming!! Couldn’t have avoided it!! Didn’t necessarily cause it!! We were just “flying along”!
Matthew 10: 29-31 reminds us of this truth; “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 3 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
God doesn’t promise deliverance from all pain. He does not always intervene to keep us far from hurt or harm. But in the times when we do hurt, He comforts us in the midst of our troubles.
Sometimes He bolsters us through the kindness of others. Sometimes He brings a sense of peace that we could never conjure up on our own. Sometimes, through a glimpse of beauty or a well-timed word of encouragement, he reassures us that we’re going to be okay, that we are loved. He is near.
My prayer is that when you face unforeseen challenges you will experience the hand of God lovingly nudging you back on your feet just as I do when these little birds hit my window. May you sense His sadness for your hurt and know His desire to see you fly again! 🙂