Bird in the Hand

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We have a lot of birds around our house. I suppose we had a lot of birds around our house in Memphis too but those were the birds of my youth, these are exotic you only normally see at the zoo birds. Now most of the time that’s great. You look out your window and see the beautiful plumage of exotic birds, it’s amazing. Rarely it’s not as awesome, like the ibis that used to come into our yard and make the loudest screaming bird noise I’ve ever heard at 5:30 in the morning. Sometimes it’s humorous, like the bird that has learned to wait for the dog to walk away from his bowl and then he swoops downs and steals some, or the two little birds that seem to have great pleasure in taunting the dog when he’s trying to sleep in the driveway. My favorite birds have been the ones who have been sneaking in the house. Because we keep the windows and doors open most of the day and there are no screens, they sneak in to look for food or water. The problem is none of them have been able to find their way back out. The way we usually find out is we hear a loud racket that sounds like a herd of cattle running up the stairs, it’s just birds flapping in the windows trying to get out and Amazi chasing them. I have become pretty good at gently grabbing them and putting them unharmed back outside and since it’s been so dry, Bronwyn has been keeping an upside down frisbee full of water outside for them.

One of my favorite all-time stories has to do with a bird coming in one of the churches we used to do program at back in Memphis. It was flapping around and the young man who was helping me save it from a certain hallway death asked me what he needed to do. I told him to “shoo it out the door” but what he heard was, “show it out the door”. So, he being the awesome guy he was, and this guy was and still is truly awesome, flapped his arms like a bird and tried to show the bird how to go out the door. I was so happy when he did it, not that it worked but it just made me smile that he was sure that the best way to get the bird out was to become like a bird and lead him out the door. I think of that story every time I get ready to catch a bird in the house. I love that story because it also reminds me of what Christ did do. He became a man so he could show us the way.

Philippians 2:5-9 English Standard Version (ESV)

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a]who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,[b] but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c] being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name.

We can learn a lot from little birds and each other but mostly we can learn from Jesus who lived a perfect sinless life, lets follow His example.

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