Recently I thought I heard a knock at my front door—the tapping was loud enough to send my fur-baby trio into a committed but highly exasperating bark session.
As I approached the door to answer my “surprise guest,” I noticed through the window no one was actually there, but rather a sparrow was thieving pieces of my wreath which hangs from the front door outside.
I watched for just a moment, amused at the idea this little bird had taken as much of a liking to my wreath as me—so much so that it was sneaking away with pieces of it.
I quickly understood what was going on, most likely this was a mama bird and she was gathering material which would eventually form a nest for her Spring babies.
Feeling about as cold-hearted as my chicken-slaying-neighbor I quickly opened my front door to snag the wreath and bring it indoors for rescuing. However when I stepped out of the house not just one but two sparrows were in an uproar over my actions.
One dive-bombed me coming within a few feet of my face while the other one kept distance but squawked and hollered wildly, surely throwing out curse words all the while. Neither of them were impressed, but nevertheless I managed to snatch the wreath and bring it safely indoors victoriously!!
Reflecting on this scene afterwards I realized mama and daddy bird were team working to build a nest for their babies. And here I had just sabotaged their efforts.
**Side note: No worries, there’s plenty of other nest building resources around these parts. I’m sure they recovered productively judging by the many bird droppings all over my patio…them and their friends retaliating on me I suppose. I’ve also, since that time, returned my wreath to it’s rightful spot where it currently hangs unbothered.
Focusing on Father’s Day, I share this story with you because I’m reminded just how important it is for a mother and father to both be involved in the nest building process; as silly of an analogy as that sounds, it’s so true!!
One of my most favorite, encouraging verses for parenting is this:
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. -Proverbs 22:6
That verse portrays a theme that parents are called to build a nest for their family through love and provision.
Simple truth but it takes dedication and perseverance and it’s not always easy.
Consider the sparrows again, they had to revise a nest building plan when I stripped the wreath from them…but we know because of their natural tendencies they’d have been able to come up with another option.
Sometimes (in the family circle) situations arise, attitudes flare, mishaps occur and our nest gets tousled about unexpectedly. Those negatives call for revamping and when we go to our resources and have made our Father in Heaven our number one priority then we’re quicker to get our nest back in order.
Check out what David wrote in Psalm 63:7, “Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.”
Help is needed when there is trouble; singing is a sign of joy—I’m wowed by how these two concepts mesh in the above verse as David gives praise to God even in the midst of his turmoil.
As parents or even as mentors to a younger generation, keeping our Heavenly Father’s ways close at heart by reading His word and maintaining a relationship with Him sets a beautiful example to the little eyes watching. Fixating our focus on Him (in the good, bad, and everything in between) we create a lasting legacy that blesses those following in our footsteps.
Our Father in Heaven, who teaches perfectly, is watching with a bird’s eye view…and I just want nothing more than to praise Him that the nest my husband and I are building (as a team) is one graciously covered by the shadow of His wings.
As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him. -Psalm 103:13