Kylie was an affectionate and trusting cockatiel. My husband and I lived near Seattle and one day while we were exploring Pike Place Market, I suddenly realized we’d forgotten to uncover her cage. My heart sank when I remembered this because it also meant I hadn’t fed her or refilled her water.
It was hard for me to enjoy my lunch when I thought about my sweet little bird sitting in the dark. She was probably lonely and hungry and worried about the occasional cat peeking up at her from under the blanket.
Even before we unlocked the door, we heard a noisy bird inside the house, but it wasn’t the sound of scolding. It was Kylie singing her heart out. She was still sitting in a dark cage with no food and 2 prowling cats, but her hopeful heart seemed full of faith that I would return and feed her. It humbled me to realize I was God to that little bird.
Days on this earth can get pretty dark. Sometimes grief and pain throw a blanket over our joy. We get hungry and lonely and we sense the breath of the enemy surrounding us. But even when the sun is hidden by clouds and we can’t see God at work in our lives, He never forgets us. No matter how dark it gets, God is always thinking about us, feeling for what we are going through and making plans to help us.
We can have faith like a trusting little bird when we remember that Jesus never forgets us. It might seem like God has gone to Seattle, but He has promised to return soon. When we remember how reliable He’s been in the past, we can even sing in the dark.
Look at the birds of the air,
they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they are?
Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are ever before me.
How do you keep your faith when the world looks dark?