ON THE JOURNEY

MELODY IRBY, PASTOR OF WORSHIP

My husband Wayne and I are celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary today, June 7.  Every year since we’ve been living in our home, a mama bird has made her nest on a lamp affixed to the brick side of our house just outside our back door.  You could almost set your “spring forward” clock by it.

 

Last summer we decided to enclose that part of our house and were so excited by the outcome of the new sunroom.  With the unpredictable pandemic year, we were able to find some peace and grounding in the new space with open windows to God’s creation as we soaked in the beauty of the passing seasons.  That is, until the “spring forward” clock went off in 2021.

 

As anticipated, a bird arrived to make her nest in her “old faithful” spot, but the spot was no longer accessible to her.  Every morning the bird would come and sit on the windowsill, then flit about, flapping her wings, clearly upset that she could not get access to her favorite nesting place.  The bird could see the lamp through the new windows, but could not get to it, and so she would peck on the glass.  This went on for weeks.

 

Wayne and I discussed taking the lamp down to encourage her to move to another location, but we both agreed that she would eventually learn that a nest could no longer be built in her favorite space.

 

She attempted to nest on a lamp at the front of our house, but sadly, the nest fell, because it did not have the support and protection of the old location.  Undeterred, she tried again in yet another spot, this time on our patio, nestled in the corner of two strong beams with a ceiling, and close enough to the house to discourage any predators.  Finally—success! 

 

I am happy to report that she is settled and safe in her new nest after a long and challenging time of transition.

 

I tell this story because God often whispers to my spirit through His natural world.  Like the mama bird, we may be tempted to reach back to rhythms that no longer work for our current circumstances, and we may frustrate ourselves trying to make things exactly as before when life has transitioned to a new season and way of being.  This may include the shift from pandemic rhythms to post-pandemic life, or it could be a job change, a major move or life change, a marriage or divorce, a graduation, a birth, or even a death.

 

Where will we build our new “nest” and what will it be made of as we move forward into each new season before us?  Will we ignore the counsel and protection of God’s word and have it fall on the pavement?  Or will we build our nest on the never changing rock that is Christ Jesus and under the loving shadow of His wings?

 

All of these major shifts require that we turn our eyes to the One that has created all things and who never changes.  He knows us completely.  He knows our name our every thought.

 

Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.  (Psalm 139:16)

You have searched me, LORD, and you know me.  (Psalm 139:1)

 

He knows us and loves us so much.  He desires to be in relationship with us and guide us into the next season and all of the seasons to come.  So, if you’ve never received Christ as your personal Savior, but long to begin a relationship with the one who knows and loves you most, just pray these words to receive Jesus into your heart:

 

Lord Jesus, for too long I’ve kept you out of my life.  I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself.  No longer will I close the door when I hear you knocking.  By faith I gratefully receive your gift of salvation.  I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Savior.  Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth.  I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day.  Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life.  I believe your words are true.  Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior.  Amen.

 

If you’ve prayed that prayer and received Jesus into your heart, please allow us to help you navigate the next steps.  It’s our hope to help connect you with Christ’s church and to discuss the next step of baptism which we hope to have later this summer.  We would welcome the opportunity to celebrate with you in this most wonderful decision!

 

May God bless you!

Melody Irby