There is a bird’s nest directly above my window. (In fact, there may be a bird neighborhood…) Each morning as the sun peeks through my slightly-too-narrow curtain, I begin hearing birds chirping and wings flapping. Throughout the day, I continue to hear the activity of my winged friends as they busily go about their day. Occasionally, one even hits my window. (Thankfully, we’ve yet to have a fatality—rest assured, my window will never be clean enough that they’ll run into it head-on.)
Of the sounds I hear form these upstairs neighbors, the one I hear most often is chirping. Although I am not well-versed in ornithology or even bird watching, I imagine this chirping is from baby birds. Whether this chirping is or isn’t from my predicted source, these cries cause me to meditate on God’s provision.
These little birds chirp and chirp and chirp all day long. I cannot see the nest(s) from my room, but I can see adult birds flying to a nearby tree gathering sticks, etc. While the babies are left helpless, the mommy and daddy birds are off gathering means to provide for their young. The tasks of the adult birds don’t seem deterred by the chirping, yet they are always working for the benefit of the babies. Though the babies may feel hungry, abandoned, and fearful as they are literally left in the gutter of an old dorm building, their parents always return at the right time with what the babies need.
God never leaves us, but His timing and will may feel like abandonment in times where we helplessly chirp from the nests He’s provided. God specifically addresses this very feeling in Matthew 10:29-31, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (NIV2011). I am so grateful for a loving Father, who cares for us to a degree we cannot even imagine. May we always look around our nests seeing His provision with each stick, worm…or even annoying, chirping, selfish neighbor.