Free as a Bird
2 Thess. 3:16 (NLT), “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.”
In October last year, I bought a bird. I named the bird Simon. Then realizing I don’t know if the bird is a boy or a girl, the bird is lovingly referred to as Simon-Simone. It’s a white dove and I bought a penthouse of a cage to house the bird. The cage is bigger than it needs to be, but I didn’t clip the Simon-Simone’s wings and if the bird wanted to fly around the cage, it would have the opportunity to do so. The bird cage was placed in the corner of the family room and it stayed there until a week ago.
Phil 4:7, “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand…”
On Thursday morning, I moved Simon-Simone upstairs to my office. Once I moved the bird, I decided to open the cage door to let Simon-Simone fly around the office. When I opened the cage door, I sat at my desk and watched the bird try to figure out what was going on. Eventually, the bird jumped on the edge of the cage door, poked its head out, and realizing there was no restriction, Simon-Simone jumped out of the cage and began to fly. As it flew around the office, the wind beneath its wings was strong. It was like I had turned on the fan. I simply sat back and watched Simon-Simone fly around, enjoying its freedom.
John 14:2, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
On Friday morning, I woke up and had a sense that something was going to happen. I had a feeling as if a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I felt light. I felt free. So, after I got dressed, I walked into my office, took the cover off the bird cage, and Simon-Simone was standing by the cage door. It was as if the bird was waiting on me to let it out. As soon as I opened the cage door, Simon-Simone, jumped out of the cage and flew around the office. Again, I sat at my desk and watched the bird fly. Later that day, I learned that there would be a change at work. A change that took a weight off my shoulder. A change that would set me free.
The bird and I were at peace in our own way. I let Simon-Simone out of the cage to fly and God let me out of mine. It’s a freeing comforting experience being able to spread your wings without restriction. Being able to look at life from a different perspective knowing that no matter what cage you think you’re in, “if the Son sets you free, you are truly fee,” (John 8:36).
Dear God, according to your word, You tell us to forget the former things and don’t dwell in the past. You are doing a new thing (Isaiah 43:18-19). As you continue to make a way for us, grant us the faith, patience, and peace to embrace the process You’ve set in our lives. Lord, open the cage and lead us in the way of peace that can only be found in You.
In Jesus Name