It was a wintry night when a man sat in his home listening to the wind howling all about him. The night was bitter cold and the snow was dumping from the sky. Despite all of the howling and the whistles of the angry wind, he could hear the chirps and tweets of the little birds.
He opened his front door and spotted the birds as they huddled together. They appeared very scared and the man knew they were desperate. He could see them shivering and attempting to derive warmth from one another.
The man thought of his barn, which would be a safe haven for the little birds. The barn was warm and the birds could rest there. He approached the birds in an attempt to draw them to the barn, but the birds huddled closer to one another. They were scared of the man. The man then placed breadcrumbs between the barn and the birds, hoping the birds would follow the crumbs into the barn. Yet they ignored the crumbs and remained huddled together.
As he lovingly pondered the ways the birds were acting, the man thought, “If I become a bird, they will better understand me. They won’t fear me and I can teach them about the way to the barn.”
So, the man became a bird. He set the example for the birds, helping to mitigate their fears about the cold, challenging world surrounding them. He showed them how to overcome the world.
- Credit for much of this story goes to Pastor Daniel Butson for his service at the Fishhawk Fellowship Church on December 24, 2016.