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Topic: ZENITH (04/21/16)
TITLE: The Gift of a Broken Wing
By Diane M. Bowman
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His brothers' contempt twisted both their faces and voices, "You? You're a runt. You'll never even learn to fly at all."
"Oh, yeah? Well, watch this." Little Sparrow stood shaking on the edge of the nest for a minute as he gathered his courage. (Or was it his pride and foolishness that he paused to summon?) After his arrogant words, he had no choice but to attempt his first flight.
Spreading his wings, he hopped off the edge of the nest.
<i>I can fly. I can do this. Yes. I will soar with the jets.</i>
Little Sparrow looked down to make sure his brothers were watching, but the nest was not below him. Confused and scared, he tried to turn around and fly back up to the nest but it was too late.
He lay stunned for a moment before the horrific pain began.
"Ow. Ow. Ow. My wing. It hurts. It hurts so bad."
In his agony, he didn't hear the feathers swoosh beside him.
"Little Sparrow. Little Sparrow." Mother Sparrow's voice finally broke through his agony. "What happened? Why are you out of the nest?"
"I." He gasped. "I tried to fly. I think I broke my wing."
"Ah. Let me see it. Yes. It's broken."
"What do I do? I'll never fly with a broken wing."
"Don't you remember what I taught you just yesterday? I told you who can help if you ever fall."
"No. I didn't think it mattered. I was sure I'd never fall." Little Sparrow said in a tiny voice.
"Tsk. Tsk. Silly bird." She said kindly. "You tried to fly before you learned the most important lesson any sparrow can learn."
"What is it? Tell me again. Tell me. Please."
"Our creator sees each time one of us falls to the ground. He's the only one who can make you fly again."
"But will he do it? Will he fix me?"
"If you ask him."
"How? I've never even seen him."
"Ah, Little Sparrow, if he can see you, don't you think he can hear you? Just ask him for help."
He peered all around him, then shrugging his little shoulders said, "Creator. Please help me. I want to fly again. I can't fix my wing but Mother said you can."
Little Sparrow immediately felt a hand scoop him up and another shield him from above. Hands designed like a human's but much, much larger and far stronger. Trembling from fear, he squeezed his eyes as tightly closed as he could. Then he felt a bit of pressure on his wing and the pain left.
"Better now?" The Creator asked.
"Yes. So very much better. Thank you. Thank you."
"Here, let me show you something. Open your eyes, come over to the edge of my hand, and look down."
Far, far below the Creator's hands, an eagle soared. Little Sparrow could see a jet's exhaust trail just above the eagle and near the trail a vulture flew.
"I did it. I did it. I flew higher than an eagle, a vulture, and a jet."
A deep laugh surrounded him. "You did it? You flew this high?"
Little Sparrow hung his head, "No. It wasn't me. It was you. You lifted me up."
He settled into his little perch inside the Creator's grasp and cheerfully said, "I'd rather be in your hands than flying on my own, anyway."
Grandfather Sparrow watched as all the little sparrows hopped around and attempted little flights to try out their wings. (Years had passed since his first flight and no one called him Little Sparrow anymore.)
Soon the little sparrows grew tired from their play and gathered around Grandfather Sparrow.
"Tell us a story."
"Yes, please, Grandfather."
His eyes softened. "Let me tell you about the best gift I ever received - the gift of a broken wing."
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
(Matthew 10:29 KJV)
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
(1 Peter 5:6-7 KJV)
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
(James 4:10 KJV)
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