Lessons From A Bird’s Nest …

“The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard.” (Psalm 19:1-3)

 When we accept the Genesis account of Creation, we recognize that our Creator made everything. And His creations declare with great clarity that there is a Great Designer behind all of creation.

We are encouraged throughout God’s Book to observe the world around us and thereby gain confidence and reassurance that He is truly the “I Am That I Am!”

References are made in both Testaments to the various creatures He made … ants, eagles, oxen, birds, as both illustrations and evidence of His infinite, unlimited power!

There is a story that came out from South America that is not only amazing but one that can serve to teach us about our responsibilities and duties when it comes to family.

Several years ago, there was a traveler/hunter who went to the South American Continent to hunt and see the sites and hear the sounds of the Jungle.

As he was moving carefully through the jungle, he could hear the unmistakable sound of a startled and anxious bird fluttering over its nest.

In the nest, he could see the female bird along with a couple of baby birds. He quickly determined the reason for all the excitement was a large poisonous snake slowly moving toward the nest determined to make a meal of this small family.

The hunter grabbed his gun and prepared to shoot the snake but was afraid he might also harm the birds, so he watched to see what was going to happen next. What he saw shocked him.

The startled male bird suddenly flew away from the nest as though looking for something. A minute or two later it returned with a small leaf-covered twig which it laid carefully over the nest.

The male having become much calmer and quieter perched itself on one of the branches up above the nest and watched the snake.

 The snake got closer and closer to the nest and prepared to strike the death blow. The snake suddenly drew back its head as if a blow had struck him. The snake then quickly retreated from the nest.

After the snake was gone the hunter climbed the tree, retrieved the twig, and took it to one of the natives, and asked them about it.

He learned from the natives that the twig was from a bush, which is a deadly poison to snakes. The very sight or odor of the bush causes them to flee.

As parents … there needs to be an alarm and a call to immediate action on behalf of our children … from preschool to high school and even college. We must lead the charge to serve the Lord “with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind.” (Matthew 22:37-39)

To borrow from the example that has just been given about the traveler/hunter in South America … it is time for us and especially the men, the head of the home … to pull the leaf of God’s Word, His presence, and personal relationship based on personal faith/obedience … over the nest of our families.

The snake cannot strike the deathblow when the nest is covered with these. Jesus was clear about our priorities when He spoke the profound charge to those who would choose to follow Him,

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

May I remind you that we are in a war … a spiritual war … and the stakes are extremely high! Our own souls … those of our spouses… our children … and our grandchildren are at stake!

 Bill Fairchild, Jr.

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