Have you ever noticed that sometimes animals have more sense than humans? Last week, we had a lot of rain. Unlike many times here in Maryland when it stays gloomy for days but doesn’t actually rain, it poured! As I stayed in my warm, dry house I watched the birds outside. We love feeding the birds and have feeders all along the roof line of our porch. They come and go all day, but don’t stay around unless it rains. During a storm, our porch is a haven for those sweet birdies.
Then I noticed that he was missing an eye. Maybe that is why he stayed when others flew away. Did he recognize his need? Maybe he realized that he just had to be more trusting since he was not whole? I was glad that he felt safe on our porch, that he knew where to go during a storm. So many times when the storms of life hit me, I flail around in the wind and rain trying to keep myself warm, dry and safe even though I don’t have what I need. It takes me awhile to realize that I am not equipped for the storm and need help. Some storms are just that big.
Recently, I was asked by a fellow artist, Mary, to make something for a friend that is weathering a storm. This lovely woman is battling two kinds of cancer at the same time. Mary wants to encourage her friend with art so she asked several people to create something that will then be bound into a book and given to Kay. I was beyond pleased to have been asked. But, how could I encourage Kay when I struggle during the storms of life? After praying that God would use my artistic efforts to encourage and bless, I created this.
You know my fascination with lighthouses. Actually, I am fascinated by light. And light just isn’t there during the worst of storms. I will not attempt to tell Kay that I know why God would have her go through this storm or that everything will be okay. I don’t know that. But I do know that Jesus will be with her every step of the way through that storm. He will give her just what she needs to get through the next moment. John 8:11-13 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
I’m hoping that I will learn a lesson from that sparrow and from Kay. Jesus will never leave me. I can take shelter in his arms. You can too!
5″For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
7 On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
8 Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us. ” Psalm 62:5-8