Thursday, November 26, 2009
God and the Woodpecker
I learned the biggest lessons of my life in March of 2009. First, I need to back up a few months. I had a beautiful backyard in Michigan with a creek and huge old trees. In my kitchen was a big sliding glass door and I could sit at my breakfast table and behold nature. Out in my yard I had a tiny little bird house with a tiny little hole in it. Every spring these little birds would come and have babies birds and leave at summers end.
In the late fall of 2008 I was watching out my door and along came a red-headed woodpecker. He started pecking away at the little hole in my little birdhouse. At first I wanted to shoo him away but I had never seen a woodpecker up close. So I watched in fascination as he hammered away. When he left I looked and to my horror the cute little hole was big, ugly and out of shape. Before I could get up from the table along came these bigger birds. They made their home there in the birdhouse. The imperfect house, in my eyes, became a perfect home for those birds! My gift was a lesson about perfection and God's grace but it doesn't end there.
In March of 2009, the movers came and went and I was wrapping up a bittersweet move from Michigan to Mississippi. I was cleaning out the last remaining things from the kitchen and I looked out and saw my poor run down birdhouse. I was wondering if those little birds would live in that house ever again. All of a sudden a huge storm started. It got very black and the wind blew very hard. The river was way above its the banks and the huge trees were water-logged and heavy.
When the storm ended many trees had fallen across my backyard. Part of my garage roof was torn back and I had minor damage to my house. My fence had collapsed under the tremendous weight of those huge old trees. I looked through the limbs and devastation and there, standing proud, was the birdhouse. What a beautiful gift my HP gave me! He showed me His grace and His love. If He cared so much for His birds, I knew I was "worth it". I also knew everything would be O.K. and for that I am very grateful.