When the Birds came Calling
by Maria Franco
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“I bore you on eagle’s wings and brought you to myself.” Exodus 19:4
It was a special morning, two years ago when I noticed something strange and unique.
Little did I realize that it was the start of a long and beautiful relationship in the days and months to come.
What I noticed as I stepped out of my home was a pair of birds looking expectantly at me. It was a delight to see them and I continued on my way to work.
To my surprise, the same pair of birds were waiting for me in front of my work place.
In the evening, when I left work, they were still there having kept guard. By the time I had reached home, they had raced me to it.
This regular pattern has continued since then. They seem to follow me wherever I go but what touched me the most was when I saw them waiting outside the hospital gates for me yesterday as a sign of solidarity.
I used to call them my ‘pet birds’ but now, I call them ‘Heaven’s birds’ as I am convinced they have flown straight down from Heaven.
I can neither explain nor understand the reason for their behavior.
I can only surmise that the most beautiful relationships in life are the ones that can never be clearly defined or understood but nevertheless, is the deepest and most enduring.
We don’t need to analyze the reasons for it, as these are the exquisite relationships that come straight from the heart. They belong forever in the heart.
In olden days, birds were used to carry love messages from one end to the other.
In the Bible, we see several instances and references to birds.
Noah used to release a dove from his ark to check if the waters of the earth had dried up after the floods, Every time the bird returned he knew it was not yet dry on land. The day the bird flew away and never came back, Noah knew that it was safe to step out of the boat.
At Jesus’ baptism, when the heavens opened, the spirit of God rested on Him in the form of a dove.
Jesus assuages the anxiety of His disciples on worrying about the future in Matthew 6:26 "Look at the birds: they do not sow seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your father in heaven takes care of them!"
Similarly in Job 38:41 "Who provides for the raven its prey, when its young ones cry to God for help, and wander about for lack of food?"
Again, in Matthew 10:29; Jesus explains that not one sparrow falls to the ground without the Father’s consent. And He goes on to say that how much more worth we are as even the hairs of our head have all been counted.
There are so many species of birds and God has a name for each of these beautiful birds. It is such a marvelous thought!
When God created birds, He definitely gave us wonderful companions to fly along with us as we soar through the journey of life.
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