There is a right time for everything. Everything on earth has its special season. There is a time to be born and a time to die. There is a time to plant and a time to pull up plants. There is a time to kill and a time to heal. There is a time to destroy and a time to build. Ecclesiastes 3 (ICB)
Spring was slowly inching its way to her part of the country and Sarah spent as much time as she could outdoors. The long winter had made her restless and despite the soggy yard and still-crisp breeze, she had been outside almost all of that Saturday morning. Most of it had been spent riding bikes with her friends and making plans for the upcoming spring break. But now Sarah was resting in the patio lounge that Mom had drug out of the shed just that morning. The sun warmed her face and she closed her eyes against the glare.
It was so good to hear the birds singing in the trees again. Sarah’s eyes popped open as she remembered the robin’s nest tucked between the branches of the maple tree in the back yard. She had often seen that nest nestled in the bare branches of the trees during the winter and wondered if it would still be intact once spring came and all the snow had melted. She had often imagined the mama robin who would be returning to that nest when the weather warmed to hatch and nurture and teach another set of babies. She thought about how comforting it would be for that mother bird to come back and find her nest had survived the storms.
Sarah hurried to the corner of the yard where the big maple stood. To her dismay, there was no nest in the tree. She did see some pieces of it strung about in the flower garden. She was saddened to see that the nest was gone. As she came in for lunch, Mom could see that she was a little sad. Sarah had often been sad since her dad had moved out. Mom had done everything she could to ensure that Sarah’s life was disrupted as little as possible; to make things as “normal” as they could be without her husband there.
When she came in, Mom asked Sarah why she was so sad on such a beautiful spring day. Sarah explained to her about the robin’s nest and that it was missing this year. “Do you think she’ll come back?” she asked Mom.
“God has a way of making nature to work together in a special way, Sarah,” Mom answered. “He has a plan for nature just as He has a plan for our family. Sometimes things have to be torn apart before they can be rebuilt. I’m sure that Mama Robin will be back sometime soon. She’ll be back to rebuild that nest and I bet it will be even better than before. Just like God will rebuild our family on the solid rock of Jesus Christ and it will be an even better and stronger family than it was before. We know about the enemy now and we know that we need to pray and keep watch. Just like that mama bird watches out for her babies, the Lord watches out for us.”
Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest. They don’t save food in houses or barns. But God takes care of them. And you are worth much more than birds…. Don’t fear, little flock. Your Father wants to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:24, 32 (ICB)
Sarah thought about what Mom had said. She was right, Sarah knew that. God does have a plan for nature and He does have a plan for their family. Mom had often talked with Sarah about how much the Lord loves families and wants them to be together. She had told Sarah about the Lord’s promise to her that He could and would rebuild their family, making it better than before. The only thing that Sarah struggled with is that her family had to be torn apart before it could be rebuilt. But she also knew that God’s plans and ideas and thoughts and ways were so much higher than hers. And she had seen some good changes in her dad the last few times he visited. Maybe it was getting closer to the time to rebuild.
Sarah spent the next week of spring break helping her mom clean out closets and clear away the garden debris. Each morning when she got up she went to check the maple tree in the corner of the back yard. No sign of Mama Robin yet but Sarah never gave up hope. Monday morning came and it was time to go back for the last quarter of the school year. When Sarah came downstairs, the kitchen window was open and she heard, for the first time that year, Mama Robin’s song. She hurried outside to see her sitting by a fully built nest tucked into two higher and larger branches in the old maple tree. Mama Robin HAD rebuilt her nest and it WAS better than before. Somehow she knew, that the robin’s nest was a promise to her; a promise that the Lord would rebuild their family and it would be even better than before. Sarah couldn’t help but let the smile in her heart come out on her face. “Thank You Lord,” she whispered.
“‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORD Almighty.” Haggai 2:9
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