Thursday, April 07, 2011

In Case You Need To Know

I had a post all typed out.

It took me several hours (written over a couple of afternoons) and somehow, with the click of a key and a push of a button - its gone.


So instead I will leave you with this happy little thought:

This is the puffy Cardinal that has claimed the green bush in our front yard. He perches on that branch as if he hasn't a care in the world. He's just daring the other birds to come on over.

I love birds.

I have a collection of them:

Given to me by friends and family over the course of time.

I'm not sure why I love birds, but I do remember a time, many, many years ago, when I was struggling through some deep issues in my life. I felt like a little bird with broken wings, battling in a war of ambivalence: desperately wanting to fly away free, and too afraid to leave my cage.

In the midst of this epic skirmish-of-my-heart I read something that strengthened my soul and turned the war to my favor:

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?
Yet not one of them will fall to the ground
outside your Father's care...
So do not be afraid;
You are worth more than many sparrows.
~Matthew 10: 29, 31

This verse comes up over and over again in my life...often when I am not even struggling. 

One time, when in my office with a blank canvas and few hours on hand I made this: 

Another time while scribbling in church I drew this:

This weekend I found myself stitching that same little bird with blue embroidery floss onto a scrap of fabric.

And of course there was that short stint in jewelry making: 

At first, this bird fascination felt a little...strange

Now I look at these little times of spontaneous bird-focused creativity as little downy fluffs that have dropped in my nest. They're like soft, cozy notes inviting me to remain under His protective feathers. I do believe it is a reminder from the Lord; a small whisper into my soul that I am kept in shadow of His wing. 

No, this isn't the post I had intended to write today, but perhaps you've come here because you need to know: 

He will cover you with His feathers,
and under His wing you will find refuge;
His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
~Psalm 91:4

with love,


Stacey said...

Kelly... you are one amazing chica. Such a beautiful post (even if it wasn't the one you worked so hard on). I have a similar fascination with birds, but not in the same artistic way you have. I love to sit on the patio and enjoy their visits to my yard! Blessings, one with outstretched wings!

Gretchen said...

Love this. Thank you, dear friend.

Blue Skies said...

Your post reminded me of this piece of jewelry I was admiring the other day. I have put in a Mother's Day hint for something from her site.

And it also reminded me of Amy's quote "Walking around with a bird on my finger".

And in my house, a trickle down from my in-laws, we often attach "bird" on the end of a name ie: Anna-bird, Sarah-bird, Emily-bird.

See what you've done? now i am on a bunny trail.....

Thank you for the great message of our Lord's faithful care of even the smallest and seemingly insignificant.

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Yes, I think I was the one who needed to hear that today. Thank you! :)

Love the embroidered pretty!

Anonymous said...

Very nice! Some chubby birds are playing in the morning rain and more importantly, this post is appropriate to what I need to hear in the deeps of my heart today! Thanks.


Gretchen said...

My dtr's nickname is "Birdie". And she always has a song. Loved this, Kellie.