This morning the Lord allowed me to view a beautiful visual of faith overcoming fear. As I walked in the chicken coop, a baby bird whose parents had built a nest between the roof and the wire mesh of the coop, took its first flight. I saw it step out of the nest, leap and flap its little wings, and fall.
Straight to the ground.
The entire time this was happening the parents were chirping and squalling. In my mind of imagination, I think at first they were saying, “Come on, you can do it! Try, try, try! Don’t be afraid, we are here to help you!”
But then there’s the fall.
And then a strange woman tries to step in and put the baby bird back in the nest. While she was only trying to help, she sees now she was hindering the growth progress of this little bird.
I took away several “ah-ha” moments from this visual this morning. One very personal that I have been praying through for a little over a month. The other, an in general observation that I think we are all guilty of from time to time in our life where our intentions to help actually causes a hindrance that will never allow for those wings to strengthen and fly on their own.
For several months I have had many people telling me that I needed to put my crafts in stores and sell them. I was so excited to hear these compliments and honestly, it really boosted my confidence in my work, but then there is this person . . . my Spiritual Father . . . my Creator . . . who told me to wait.
So I waited.
And I waited.
Then I saw where a small Farmer’s Market in Pace on Woodbine Road was meeting once a week for an hour and they needed vendors. In fact, they had no craft vendors at the time so it would be the perfect time for me to jump in. The start up cost was minimal, which had been one of the reasons the Lord kept telling me, “no,” and the location was convenient, which is another reason the Lord kept telling me, “no,” and the time frame was convenient, which is another reason the Lord kept telling me, “no.” So those doors seem to have been opened for me in a wow way. I will be excited to set up next week and hopefully start making some contacts, but that’s not the “ah-ha” moment the Lord gave me this morning. This week I decided to host a give a way on my Before & After fb page in hopes of increasing traffic flow. In one day my page jumped to over 150 likes (it had previously been 111). I received a new order from one of those new viewers and was really excited. But then someone reached out after seeing one of the shares, “Do you sell wholesale? I have a 10,000 sq ft hardware store. If you are interested contact me.” In that brief moment I went from excited to anxious to excited to anxious to excited and then fear . . . “what if” . . . became more real.
I was supposed to meet the owner of the hardware shop this morning but my van started over heating this week and we haven’t been able to figure out the cause so my driving is on stand-bye. Her location is on the west side of Pensacola so it is a good drive for me so I just wasn’t sure what this was that was being presented before me. Secretly I found myself relieved because IF I don’t go then I can’t fail. (Ah – ha moment) . . . or so I thought.
As I uploaded the pictures of the bird nest to share I saw it. And I got it. In the upper left hand corner of the nest lies a motionless, deceased bird that never took flight. It is now rotting and attracting flies.
And the other one . . . it’s now hopping around while mom and dad are cheering it on.
I’m not sure what will come of this meeting that will be taking place at the hardware store next week, but I do know this, thanks to an innocent baby bird, I understand if I don’t take that first step, I will never fly.
I can’t imagine I am the only one trying to “figure things out”about taking first steps, trying something new, and trusting the Lord to provide in new and profound ways, but I hope and pray this is some sort of encouragement to you. Don’t be afraid, take that little step . . . and fly. Your Savior will reach out His arms and catch you. Or He might let he skid your behind a few times to remind you to look up, but I can assure you, He always has a plan. Even when He seems to not be near, He has never left you. He is right there, waiting on you to turn to Him.
Thank you, for the ah-ha moments you gave me this morning. Thank you for loving me more than I can love my self. Thank you for providing in astounding ways this week. Thank you for keeping us safe with our van. Thank you for the opportunity that is being laid out before me. I need wisdom and discernment to make the choices you would have me make. Thank you for catching me when I fail. Now can you please make sure that little bird is put safely back in its nest? Please. Amen.
Psalm 46:10, He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”