"I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.” Psalm 81:10
All summer long I have been the spectator to a nest full of baby swallows. As they emerged from their eggs with feathers matted down, they were completely helpless and fragile. They had nothing to offer the world by way of contribution except for noise and endless mess.
Yet I looked on for weeks as a devoted mother worked tirelessly to meet their every need. Like clockwork, she would fly towards the nest and four little beaks would peak over the edge, opened as wide as they were able. She would fill each one with the treasure she had collected, clean up their mess, and fly away to do it all again. Rinse and repeat.
As I sat on the steps watching through the window, I wondered if she ever grew tired. Did she ever want to take a vacation and leave them to fend for themselves? All by instinct she knows that if she continues to care for them, they will grow. They will change. They will become stronger, and soon their feathers will be ready for flight.
How similar this is to our own story. We have nothing to offer in and of ourselves but a bunch of noise and mess. Yet our Heavenly Father—for reasons only He knows—works tirelessly on our behalf (Psalm 121:4-5) giving us what we need when we need it, even when that means allowing pain to drive us to understand our dependence on Him to clean up the mess of our lives.
How thankful I am that, like the mother swallow who lived on my porch this summer, God never takes a vacation or leaves us to fend for ourselves. I am grateful that when He looks at me with my “matted feathers” and fragile faith, He knows I will grow. I will change to be more like Him, and one day I will take flight. He knows this because He has promised it will be so, and He will not rest until His work in me is done.
“And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6