Well, I made a discovery today that made me very sad and angry at the same time. As I stood at the kitchen window looking out at the little birdhouse that hangs in the tree directly in front of my kitchen window, I noticed it was sitting kind of funny. I thought I better go inspect the situation. As I approached the little house, I heard the Daddy Sparrow, up in the tree, above me just chirping and chirping. I immediately saw why too! The floor of the house was coming off and there were ants swarming everywhere. I immediately took that old house down and sprayed it completely to kill all the ants. I found a new house that I had on the front porch that I had made a few years back. When I picked it up I noticed that the tin roof had come unglued. I decided to drill holes and screw it to the house instead of gluing. The time sitting on the porch probably was enough in these hot summers here to melt the glue. I learned a lesson about what NOT to use in building my little bird houses. Any new house will have it screwed in securely instead of glued on.
So, I worked as quickly as I could. I felt so bad for the Daddy Sparrow. No wonder his two potential Momma Sparrows that came to visit didn’t stay around with all those ants. Poor fella. I think, in his way, he was trying to tell me but I wasn’t listening. I was just standing in the kitchen saying prayers but they didn’t have feet to them. I realized I should have gone out and made sure the house was sound and ready for a family.
I made a trip to Lowe’s and got some ant bait and placed them in the crook of the tree hoping to rid the area of those despicable ants. Now, I just realized… hummm… will the squirrels try to eat that and get sick and die too? Oh, my… I will have to research that tomorrow. Anyway, as I worked feverishly getting the new house up, that little Daddy Sparrow was just a fussin’ up in the tree. I think he was telling me … “See, you should have listened! You should have come to check on the house more often. Now will you?” Oh, well, I guess live and learn – no I know I do! Now I think, probably, all the Momma Sparrows are already taking care of their first brood and there won’t be a Momma Sparrow for my Daddy Sparrow. Also, there is another little guy at the back birdhouse that is just chirping and chirping all day long. I guess he is without a Momma Sparrow as well. Oh my… I think “The Sparrow Project” has taken its toll here around the Adams’ abode. If you remember reading my last post “The Daddy Sparrow”, you will recall that there was a so-called “project” to rid the US (rid may be a harsher term than necessary) of the House Sparrow. They indicated in their article “Managing House Sparrows and European Starlings” that the House Sparrow, along with the European Starling, has been the reason for the decline in Song Birds and they cause the Song Birds grief at the feeders, etc. As I said in that post, I have been a “Bird Watcher” for more than 15 years and I have never witnessed that kind of aggressiveness from my House Sparrows. So, their “project” may be taking its toll on the number of female (Momma) Sparrows in my neighborhood. Usually there are plenty to go around. Anyway … Daddy Sparrow has a new house to build his nest in and he seems happy with it too. I got a couple of pictures of him today on the porch and he hopped inside the house. I guess he approves. Now “we will just have to wait and see”, as my grandmother used to say.
Now, I bet you are wondering … “How in the world is she going to compare this to her Christian walk with the Lord?” Well, I have asked God that same question all day, since I discovered the little house was in shambles with intruders to boot!
And so you will not be disappointed, I will share with you how God has spoken to my heart in more than one way. He has told me that listening to the Holy Spirit is very important. When you suspect something might be wrong … in any area … always check it out. If that is a birdhouse that looks wrong or, if you suspect something is wrong with your actions, words, attitude, or geographical location. Always check with God… the Holy Spirit… He will never lead you wrong. He will answer you. You can always count on His direction and guidance. Just like I should have listened to … “Something must be wrong with that house. You might want to check it out to make sure it’s ok.” Instead of just standing in the house peering out at the little Daddy Sparrow and praying for him to find a mate… or that God would provide a mate.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct[a] your paths
There were two Momma Sparrows that came and went… because of the ants… and the ants were there because I didn’t pay more attention. Now it seems there are no more Momma Sparrows for the poor little thing. I am sad that there may not be any baby Sparrows in the little birdhouse this year… but the year is not over yet. Maybe there will be a Momma Sparrow come along before long. However, the poor little Daddy Sparrow has not even begun to build a nest in this new house. Not one stitch of grass or straw of any kind. He just sits there on the porch or hops inside and peers out the little hole and chirps. He needs to get a nest started … just in case. Anyway…
You may be saying, “Why would God or the Holy Spirit take the time to care about a birdhouse with ants in it?” Well, I believe the Lord, God, The Holy Spirit, is concerned with all that concerns us. Every detail, down to the very smallest thing… that is, what we think is the smallest thing. If it concerns us, it concerns Him!
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
So… listen to the Holy Spirit. He cares for us. He wants us to listen to His guidance. He wants us to understand that He is there to help us.
Also, this may not be this particular little Daddy Sparrow’s year to have a family. He seems a bit unknowing and apparently doesn’t know that he is to build part of the nest and the Momma Sparrow finishes it off. One of the little Momma Sparrows that I saw the other day (a third one) landed on the porch of the new house and he was there too. She jumped into the new house and so did he. She jumped out of the new house almost as quickly as she jumped in. He jumped out after her and then she took off. Well, he took off after her. I haven’t seen her since, either. I think this particular little Daddy Sparrow is just a young Sparrow and may not be a daddy this year. They live 3 years or so and maybe next year he will have it together more. I hope so for his sake. So, the take-away on this particular train of thought is this… We may not be mature enough yet, in our walk with the Lord, to take on that “task” or idea we have or had. We may believe it is from the Holy Spirit, and it may very well be, but it just may not be time yet. We can think it is supposed to happen now, just because we think we have received a message from God, when in fact it might just be that we have received the message or direction. That does not mean that it is to happen now. God may be growing us for it to happen later. For example… I read a story about a young lady that wanted a baby so badly. She and her husband prayed and prayed for a baby. She believed that she heard from God that she would have a baby in September. She spent a lot of time and energy, emotions and money on the test strips to see if she was pregnant, but to her dismay every time, she was not. They tried and tried and finally … they were led to believe they were to adopt. Come to find out there was a precious child in Africa that had been born at the time the vision was given to the young lady – in September, however, God’s timing was not the young lady’s timing. God meant it in a different way than her heart thought. Truly the child was hers in September, just not physically hers until a few Septembers later. So… your timing is probably not God’s timing. You may have to wait a year or two or more for God’s vision to come to fruition. Just wait upon the Lord, and He will renew your strength and help you understand.
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
I still pray for the little Daddy Sparrow but I also go out and check out the birdhouse to make sure the new house has NO ANTS in it! I also have come to realize that it just may not be his year for a family. That’s OK. God is in control of His creation, not me. THANK GOODNESS! He loves His creation very much! He also loves you very much! After all, He calls you His beloved!
The Song – Someone Who Cares – David Phelps