This week we had several friends who lost loved ones. I remembered this article that I wrote many years ago. I hope it is a comfort to anyone who grieves for someone. Also, if you are facing death you will find it encouraging.
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
This morning, Angie woke me up at 4:30. She was excited and said there was something she wanted me to see. As I crawled out of bed, she explained that she’d had a terrible dream and couldn’t go back to sleep. When she came into the living room, she’d heard something outside. As I approached with her, I heard it, too.
I could hear a bird chirping outside our door. Now, let me stop and tell you that we love birds and have feeders and houses everywhere for them. We’ve had a bluebird in a nest raising her young and we have watched as she and her mate fed them through the hole. This morning, the mother bird was perched on a tree calling her babies out! It was still dark outside and when we turned on the light we could see the birds looking out of the nest. Angie said that the mother had been calling for about a half hour. She then went and woke up all the girls who were mildly interested and then went back to bed as I did.
I went back to bed but instead of going to sleep I thought about the whole thing. I thought about how the devil had scared Angie with a dream and tried to steal her rest. The scripture came to mind about all things working together for good for those of us who love God and are the called according to His purpose. So I thought on the event further. I pondered on the scripture about coming as a child. Angie was truly amazed at what was happening! She was almost giddy! She still looks at the world as a little girl and loves everything God has made. So I decided to do the same.
The mother was calling in the night so that the babies would have a chance to get out without the cat around. She’d carefully fed them and chirped at them so that they would know her voice. They lived in the only home they’d ever known. To them, it was wonderful! It was probably soft and cozy inside and it had everything that they needed. All that they could see was a little peephole to view what was beyond their dwelling. Only a glimpse. I imagined one bird leaving and leaving another behind. How strange it must have seemed. How lonely and confused it would have been to be the bird still in the nest.
That’s when I understood what God wanted me to see. We live this life thinking it to be the most wonderful place there could ever be. Father God has truly given us a wonderful world! We sometimes get so comfortable here that we forget this is only the beginning. We only have a glimpse at heaven! Only a peephole is available to us. (1 Cor. 13:12) . But then the Father calls someone home that we’ve loved and always had with us. Maybe we hear His voice too, but it’s not our time to leave the nest. How lonely we feel when it happens. But for the departing bird, it is the reality that they were created for. A place that they can finally fly! The Father calls in the night for our safety. He cheers us on, saying that we can make it! He encourages those left behind, informing us that our time will come, too.
And when it does Oh, the vast expanse of heaven will make our little birdhouse seem like a closet. We will soar through the heavens and finally be with our Heavenly Father. We will glide through the air with all the others who have gone before us. And finally we will enter the life that God created us for! What a day that will be!!
Prayer-Father, I pray for those who have lost loved ones. May they be comforted today with the promise of heaven. May they be reminded that Jesus has prepared a place for all who trust in Him. And may we all be listening for Your voice to call us home.
In Jesus’ Name—Amen!
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