I was up early the other morning as usual. While waiting for the coffee to filter through, I raised the kitchen blind to see a pair of eyes peering at me. A bedraggled seagull chick from our roof had somehow landed in our back garden, looking lost and forlorn. It padded around and every now and again raised it’s head and let out a squeaky cry. You know there’s nothing more pathetic than the squawk of a young seagull. This was no baby!It had grown over the months, having been fed from it’s mother’s beak and already bore the marks of grandeur of an adult. No, this was a ‘toddler’ gull. Just as toddlers have to learn to walk, this one has to learn to fly. I have a guess that it’s mother pushed it out of the nest on our roof, saying ‘go on fly!’
We’ve been away for four days and now see that there are three of them, brothers and sisters together, all waddling around our garden, looking totally out of place and pecking desperately at the grass and some of our flowers, hoping for some sustenance. One of them is even trying to wash itself in the tiny muddy bird bath! Has nobody told them there is an ocean of delicacies just two hundred yards away? They just haven’t yet discovered who they really are and that they have a God-given ability to fly. For the moment at least they are settling for a mere shadow of what’s available to them, that’s not even second best! I’m waiting for the day when they will take the risk and launch off!
We now see that the mother is still sitting on an empty nest – she has done her job! But the father stands guard over them. He doesn’t feed them but waits and presumably encourages them.
Do we know we can fly?
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. — He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31 New International Version
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