My husband built several bird feeders and birdhouses to attract the birds we enjoy in Kansas. Two years ago, starlings moved into one house. They weren’t the birds we hoped to attract, but we concluded they needed homes too, so we let them be.
We noticed that they tried to invade the other birdhouses to steal eggs and would wreak havoc on the nests of other birds. This weekend we noticed sparrows building a nest in a house they’d occupied last year, and the Starlings bullied them out. My husband made a new entry for the house that wouldn’t allow the starlings in. We saw the sparrows return, but they couldn’t get into the house.
As I watched the birds investigate the house, I prayed; Lord, you are our shelter from the storm, an ever present help in the time of trouble. (Psalm 46:1) People all around us need you. Melt their hearts, call them into your presence, into your sheltering arms. Let them seek safety in you.
My husband’s attention was on something else when I told him, “They can’t get in.”
He said, “They’ll figure it out.”
But they didn’t. They kept trying, first one then the other to no avail. I don’t cry often, but tears came as I witnessed the birds trying, but not being able to enter the nest. They could not enter the place of shelter without someone creating an entry. I thought of so many people I love who don’t know Jesus. They think they don’t need help, or they can do it on their own. I’ve been told, “Jesus is fine for those who need that.”
The fact is, we all need Jesus. It is only through Jesus that we can enter that eternal place of shelter. As much effort as we might exert, it is only through his blood that we enter hope and salvation. In his own words: “I am the way, the truth and the light. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6.