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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Pastorgraphs: "A Little Bird Taught Me"

E-Vangel Newsletter
April 7, 2014
Pastorgraphs: "A Little Bird Taught Me"

I’m not sure who was more surprised: a mama hummingbird, Anita or me. I fretted a good bit about Junior (or June) over the past couple weeks. It began when Anita pointed out a hummingbird nest right out our kitchen window. 
The mother allowed me to come very close and take some pictures, first of her, then of the egg, and finally of the baby hummer.

We had some strong winds last week for several days, and I checked every few minutes to make sure the nest was still secure, and Junior had not been blown out. I tried to convince myself that hummingbirds have been surviving wind, rain and storms for generations.
But I worried.

It reminded me of driving from Mississippi to Western Kentucky in August 1971 to begin a pastorate that would allow me to attend Southern Seminary in Louisville. Crossing the state line just south of Memphis, many doubts, fears and uncertainties came over me. I was leaving the state where my Jenkins ancestors had lived for six generations. But at that very moment, Mahalia Jackson came on the radio singing, “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.” Her sermon in song dispelled the doubts and fears. I knew that His eye was upon me as I ventured away from the comforts of home and family roots.

Over the last two weeks, I have come to appreciate anew those reassuring words. I will share them with you.

Why should I feel discouraged
Why should the shadows come
Why should my heart feel lonely
And long for heaven and home

When Jesus is my portion
A constant friend is he
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know he watches over me
(Civilla D. Martin, 1905)

So if you are going through times of anxiety, fear or doubts, you too may be reminded that:

God cares. Not just about us, but about all creation. Our Lord said he notices the falling of the sparrow, and you may know He watches over you!

God creates. God created the heavens and the earth. He created all forms of life from the largest to the smallest. Watching the baby hummer come to life is a beautiful reminder God gave us all our life. How precious the gift of life is.

God provides. The mother hummer has all she needs to fulfill her maternal role. She finds nectar and food nearby the nest. The Bible says we should consider the lilies of the field. They are more beautiful than the most gorgeous raiment King Solomon (the richest man) ever wore. God provides!

God protects. There are few creatures as vulnerable as a baby hummer. They weigh just 0.62 grams at birth, about a third the weight of a dime. Not only are there predators, but the wind, rain and heat are a threat. Yet God protects his creatures as an act of love.

God loves. Just as a father and mother love the life they create, God loves you and me. He created us in his very own image. He wants us to call him Father. How awesome is that?

So a little bird taught me and reminded me of a few things. Our God is an awesome God. His creation shows his handiwork. He cares about creatures both great and small. He has already made provisions for our needs. And most of all, He loves us with an everlasting love.

I know what awaits is both the sadness and joy of an empty nest. But as I learned on that trip to Kentucky, leaving the nest is the only way to fulfill God’s plan for your life. His eye is on the sparrow, the baby hummer, and I know He watches me.

Devotedly yours, Bill Jenkins

From the Quote Garden:
"In order to see birds it is necessary to become part of the silence."
~ Robert Lynd ~

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