The Greatest Blessing of All

This week we had a baby bird running around our backyard. Somehow it had fallen out of its nest under the eave and was unable to get back to it.

When I first saw the bird, I was heartbroken. It was walking around the yard trying to fly, but could never get more than a foot or two off the ground. How was it going to survive? I worried.

I sprinkled bread crumbs around the yard hoping it would eat some, and I even tried to hand feed it. But it would only run away, scared.

Then the most amazing thing happened.

The bird’s mother landed on our fence with a worm in her mouth. The baby, standing on the ground in a pile of leaves, started to chirp, and the mother swooped down and fed it.

That baby might have been out of the nest, but the mother found it anyway. And took care of it.

And that’s how God is.

When we’re seeking him, when we’re “in the nest” with him, he nurtures us and takes care of us. And when we’re “out of the nest”, whether we fall out or fly out on our own, or whether we’re just wandering around, He looks for us.

And like that mama bird, God has food for us–the very bread of life.

“From the fullness of his grace, we have received one blessing after another.” John 1:16 NIV

It’s God’s amazing love that can make our lives complete.

And fill the empty places.

And heal the hurts.

And it’s His unending grace, poured out through Jesus, that is truly the greatest blessing of all.

4 Responses to The Greatest Blessing of All
  1. Cheri
    June 27, 2008 | 7:43 am


  2. Angela
    June 27, 2008 | 8:33 pm

    What lovely truth Genny! Your writing blesses me so. SO true that whenever we are lost and broken God finds us…actually, unlike animal mothers…He never even loses sight of us. So tender and beautiful.

  3. LauraLee Shaw
    June 28, 2008 | 1:33 pm


  4. Becky
    June 29, 2008 | 10:40 pm

    Oh, I loved this! We feed and watch birds in our backyard all the time. To me, they are such a beautiful picture of how God provides for us. He even tells us in His word that He’ll care for us much more than he does the bird, how much more will He not do for us?!
    Thanks for sharing you thoughts on that!