It Helped Me to Better Understand

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Matt. 10: 29, 31.

It was our first winter to live in the desert of southern California, and it had been a wet, cold, and rainy one. Some days I was even a bit out of sorts because my husband was working on a project in Loma Linda, about an hour’s drive away. When he was gone, I had no car to go anywhere myself. It wasn’t my idea of how we should be spending time here as “snowbirds.”

Now the work was completed, and it was nearly time to go back up North, but I was still feeling a little cheated. As I prayed for the Lord to give me a better attitude, my husband rushed into the house to inform me that we had a dove nest in the palm tree next to our deck, and another one in the bougainvillea vine over our carport. He set up a ladder, grabbed the camera, and rushed outside to take pictures.

A few days later, however, after an unusually strong wind storm, my husband shared with me that the babies had been blown from the nest in the night, and they were huddled on the ground with the mama and daddy bird sitting on either side of them, probably wondering what to do. In that moment I thought of how valuable those little birds are to our heavenly Father.

Yet as much as He loves and cares for these little birds, He loves us even more. I felt ashamed for my grumbling about what I thought had been such an awful winter. God showed me how much I had to be thankful for. He is my heavenly Father, and He cares about me. The rain we had endured had made the desert absolutely beautiful with greenery and flowers. I had been able to complete some projects in the quiet days I had to myself. The winter didn’t seem so bad anymore. We had friends and family within walking distance, and the walking was good for me. It dawned on me once again that it is not so much our circumstances as it is our attitude that makes us content or unhappy.

Lord, help me to remember that I’m of even more value than the little birds that fall from their nests. You care about how I feel, and I pray that I may always look to You for love and guidance.

Anna May Radke Waters

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