So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:21
I knew the day would come for these sweet babies to spread their wings and fly away. It has been such a joy to watch them grow and hear their sweet singing every morning! My girls considered naming them, but I warned them that they would only be in the nest for a short time. They even asked if we could “keep” them. I told them no, that they were meant to fly and be free.
We peeked in on them every day…and the speed at which they developed and grew feathers was simply amazing! I kept telling the girls that any day they would be leaving. And then yesterday, I had a sense that it was going to happen.
Momma and daddy perched themselves on the gutter atop my front porch, and I could hear them cheering the babies on!
And I could hear the baby birds fluttering their wings in the nest on our front door…I took my dog for a walk and then went onto the porch to peek at them- and lo and behold- the first baby peered up at me and flew for the first time! Momma and Daddy bird were celebrating and flying all around- peeping continuously, and I found myself smiling, and cheering right along with them!
These babies would have not survived if my friend and I had not put them back into the nest that had fallen off my door. And here they were-only two weeks later- ready to spread their wings and fly! I went on about my day, and when I returned home that afternoon, they were all gone.
All this made me think about what it will be like when my own daughters leave my “nest”. Life is flying by at lightening speed. It seems like just yesterday I brought my first baby home from the hospital. One day, Lord willing, I will watch both of my girls graduate … and hopefully get married… and have their own babies…oh, I can hardly bear to think of them growing up, but it’s happening right before my very eyes! I can’t even imagine what it will feel like to let them go- to watch my girls spread their wings and fly. And like a farmer, planting seeds- I pray that someday the Good Lord will reap a harvest of fruit in the lives of my children. And I will right there with them- cheering from the sidelines as they “fly”. Just like Momma and Daddy bird!
“but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31