As we stepped out the front door for our evening walk a few days ago, my husband tried to shield me from the sight.
But it was too late. My eyes had already caught a glimpse of that little sparrow lying motionless on our front porch. It appeared that he had simply mistaken one of our windows for open sky and flew himself straight into his demise.
I was overcome with unexpected grief. Thinking about that little bird, once singing, now silent, reminded me of the the frailty of my own life. And then I immediately thought of this scripture:
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. Matthew 10:29-31
The rest of the week, it seems I was constantly reminded of the complexities of life and death, and of God’s sovereignty over all.
Just this morning I got a strange report from my husband who had been working outside. Earlier in the week, while looking out the window one morning before work, he had spotted something in our backyard. With no time to investigate, he assumed it might be an ant bed emerging. But when he went out for a closer look today, he made a much more pleasant discovery.
It was a nest of newborn baby bunnies! I ran out to capture the scene but realized my camera is not working so I found this picture online which looks exactly like what we saw.
Grass and mother’s fur are woven together to provide a safe haven for the bunnies to grow.
We got close enough to peek through to see the tiniest little creatures you ever saw (sorry no picture) but did not want to disturb the nest further.
The irony is not lost on me. The lessons of the Easter season are still alive, birthing fresh truth in the hearts of those willing to listen.
Because of sin, death is a reality we must accept. But because of God’s grace, we have been given the hope of new life!
For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:22
I am so thankful for the way God speaks through His creation. Nestled beneath the warm, protective haven of His love, we are allowed to grow and mature and enjoy all His good gifts. Just like these little guys which will be running around our back yard soon…
And because of Jesus victory over the grave, we know that when it is time to go from our nesting place to our resting place we who trust in Him will be able to enter into the joy of eternal life!
When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” 1 Corinthians 15:54
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