His Eye is on the Sparrow

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.

Think On These Things

I have not posted recently because I’ve been working on the sequel to A Better Plan. Although I don’t watch television or have a radio in my house, I know all the news is about the latest virus. People buying up hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and whatever else they can’t live without for a few days. (My daughter asked, does no one use regular soap anymore?)

Having grown up in Alaska where there was only one road in and out, we shot, caught, grew or picked most of our food, because that one road could flood, wash out, etc. We stocked things we’d need when they were on sale or available, and we cooked our own food.

Being taught to spend time in preparation left less time or reason for panic. 

I have many favorite Scriptures, as so many of them have ministered to and encouraged me over the years. One particular passage though is Philippians chapter four. For years I had verse eight written on a note card on my sun visor in my car. Many times I pulled the visor down to read the faded words. Now those words are on the wall above our dining room table. A daily reminder to think on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy. 

There is no verse that says, ‘put thy head in the sand,’ but many verses say don’t worry, don’t fear, have faith, trust in Him. 

Is that easy to do all the time? Nope. 

But the real question, is it worth it? Absolutely. 

We not only prepare for times of floods, tornados or hurricanes that may interrupt life, but we need to prepare our hearts for the storms that come through the loss of jobs, trials in relationships, sneaky viruses. We don’t prepare by keeping our eyes on the storm, but keeping them on One who calms the storm.