Happy Monday. Remember, “All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds you sow today” (from Apples of Gold).
I was recently so moved by a story I heard told by a Christian speaker and author. It went a little something like this:
“After a morning of watching all kinds of birds at my feeder and the squirrels scampering around, I went to my door and as I looked on the deck, I saw a sparrow. It was still and, as I touched it, it didn’t move. I assumed it was dead.
I went to get a paper towel to pick up the little bird so I could bury it under a large rock, as I had done a time or two before. As I returned, the scene was captivating. I saw other sparrows had gathered around the ‘dead’ one, chirping and moving. One seemed to ‘nudge’ his friend.
I soon felt the time of the burial had come, except I saw a fluttering as the fallen bird struggled to stand. Soon he and his friends flew away. Amazing sight.
This scene happened during a time of great upheaval in my life. I was ready to quit—give up.
Then I thought of the many ‘sparrows’ who know of my despair. They had been ‘nudging’ me with their prayers, their encouragement. Their love and care was God’s answer to me. I wasn’t dead, only wounded. I could ‘fly’ again. First I just had to stand.”
The story painted a picture in my mind of many of our fellow Christians who are lying wounded. Whether it’s because of enemy fire or self-inflicted wounds, they are in great pain; broken.
It has been said that Christians are the only army to kill their wounded. Quoting a line from a song of a few years ago, “Don’t let another wounded soldier die.”
Paul said in Galatians 6:1 that if one is overtaken with a fault, the spiritual ones will seek to restore that one, with meekness, realizing they, too, could be tempted.
Ouch! What part of that do we not want to obey?
I really fear we are pictured in the men who caught the woman in adultery. They took her to Jesus, not with compassion, but relishing the stoning that was the usual punishment.
Remember what Jesus asked? Which one of you is without sin? You may throw the first stone. Not a stone was thrown.
His question should ring in our hearts. There is not one who qualifies to do the stoning!
Could we become like little sparrows, gathering around the wounded one and ‘nudge’ him, saying, “Just stand! We will help you. You can fly again.”
I often say that I am a recovering Pharisee. I haven’t arrived yet. But I have emptied my pockets of the stones I used to carry. They were heavy.
A quote from my husband Jack Hyles says it: “Wait until you have walked as many steps on the water as Peter did before you criticize him for sinking.”
Psalms 147:3 “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.”
Could we be more like Him?