Found a bird’s nest the other day. Unfortunately, it was not in its conventional place—it was on the ground instead of up a tree. In my yard, this is sign that something has gone awry. Whether from an overactive squirrel or a prowling cat, or maybe just the typical Midwestern spring winds, the nest was no longer functioning as, you know,… a nest.
A small piece was missing from one side, and there was a hole in the lower end, maybe where it had been anchored to a branch. But, oh, how I marveled at the beauty of it. Those intricately woven twigs, something I could barely do with two hands and two opposable thumbs, much less using just my mouth!! A veritable piece of art, and nothing less. So beautiful to me, in fact, that I have a small nest that sits in my Christmas tree each year; carefully wrapped and tucked away with the other family ornaments that are so much a part of our tradition.
This one also was probably no longer destined to function as a nest. At least not in that tree. It was broken, forsaken by its original maker, and abandoned on the ground. End of story…(not!).
Just because it’s no longer functional as a nest, doesn’t mean it’s no longer functional.
Scooping it up in my hands, I let it rest safely on my porch step out of the way of my lawn mower. When my two little neighbor boys to came to visit and play with our dog Buckley, I gave the nest to them to show their mom. A great piece of wonder for a child is a bird’s nest.
And I realize that brokenness to us is not what it is to God. That which I have so carefully tried to construct around me: a loving marriage, a stable family, a good reputation, a healthy church, blah, blah, blah…can fall out of the tree with one good gust of life, and lay seemingly abandoned. Forsaken. Forgotten. End of story….(not!)
Thank God that my Maker is not One to forsake or abandon! My life, even in a broken state, is still a testimony to His wonder. It may not have the same function as I originally imagined or planned for, but that doesn’t mean there is no function for me at all. As He holds my brokenness in His hands, He still sees me as beautiful, useable, and most of all—lovable!
I just went next door to see if the boys would let me take a picture of “their” nest. They were excited to show me into the back yard where they had hidden it into a small bush. Who knows? Maybe a homeless bird will come by…
…or maybe it’ll end up in their next Christmas tree…