Old Testament: Genesis 41:1-13
Morning Psalms: Psalms 55
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 4:1-7
Gospel: Mark 2:23-3:6
Evening Psalms: Psalms 138, 139
“On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.” Psalm 138:3
I love bird song -- its crystal clarity, tender tones, and sweet, soulful sounds. So when I heard what sounded like fear, distress, and panic coming from a bird outside our living room window, I ran to investigate, ready to scat the cat or whatever the threat. Surprisingly, the source of the commotion was the mama bird, nudging an unwilling fledgling higher and higher up a branch, encouraging it to join its siblings, who were flying short distances around the tree, stretching their newly discovered wings. But, with every single push, that reluctant baby bird loudly and vehemently protested! Nevertheless, mama bird kept nudging. Even though she’d be left with an empty nest, mama bird knew it was vital to her fledglings’ survival that they learn to fly; and so she helped this reluctant one take it’s first “flight” toward independence.
Soon, my youngest will be leaving for college – about 5 months from today, actually. I know that day is coming. I know I will cry when I drive away and she stays behind. She won’t be in her room for a good night kiss. We won’t have weekends to go shopping or enjoy a movie or have lunch at the mall. Yes, we will Skype, text, e-mail, tweet (well, maybe not tweet), and talk over cell phones. What will be missing will be the physical touch, the visual confirmation of safety, the companionship.
I know that day is coming. I know God will make me strong. I am lucky that, unlike the baby bird fussing outside my window that day, I will not have to nudge her along. She is ready to spread her wings and fly. I am the one who will need nudging.
It is I who pray for strength of soul to let her go and to trust that everything will be OK… as I loudly and vehemently pray David’s final line in Psalm 55: “…But I will trust in you.” Amen.