20th September 2017

I Really Must Fly!

“Then God said, ‘…and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.’”
Genesis 1:20 (NKJV)

As I looked out of our window one sunny September day enjoying the view over fields, I had my attention drawn to the house martins who were flying past, up to the nest and away again, twittering and chuntering. They were constantly going round and up and about, and I wondered why they were behaving like that. Then I noticed a baby house martin sitting on the windowsill. It was breathing hard, cheeping loudly in the sun, with the occasional twitch of its wings, and looking (I might say) quite cute and adorable with its downy feathers on its little body fluttering in the light breeze.

Then after a few minutes the adults stopped coming, but just flew around a short distance away, encouraging the little one to fly, wanting their baby to join them. Would it fall or would it fly? So, getting all its courage together it made its way gingerly to edge of the sill – and flew. Now, there was joy in that action—the baby was growing, learning and experiencing the joy of unrestricted flight, and just as well, since in about two weeks they will all be going on a very long voyage south for the winter.

For those of us at this time who are sending our ‘little ones’ off to university or college, the thought that they are spreading their wings can be both daunting and encouraging. Will they fall or will they fly? As parents, we are there to encourage and help, but not to interfere, after all there are some things that only they can do.

God cares for our little ones the same way the He does for the birds of the air. Read in Matthew 6:26, “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” It is a comforting thought that as God feeds and takes care of the birds, so He will look after and care for all of us.

While we are not birds of the air, our future is in God’s care just as much. God cares about His whole creation, right down to that little house martin leaving its nest to fly. Our children are growing up (all too fast) and spreading their wings, and to us as we grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ, we learn to care about His ‘little ones’ just as much as He does. We all need encouragement from God as we learn to spread our wings in the time we have given to us. Now, I really must fly!

Thank you, Father, that you care for us as much as you care for the birds of your creation.

Study by Rosemary Gent


About the Author:
Rosemary Gent attends Nottingham Grace Communion.

Local Congregation:
Nottingham Grace Communion
Lucy Brown Hall
Attenborough Lane

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Ian Woodley
Email: icgwoodley@gmail.com

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