The Parable of the Baby Bird

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Fledgling Mockingbird. Image by TWSchrandt

After a negative work incident with a superior this week, I was feeling very upset and unsupported. I called our director for a confidential meeting to discuss the matter. The morning of the meeting, I discovered that a baby mockingbird had fallen out of its nest onto the ground near my porch and the adult birds were frantically flying around my yard and “dive bombing” my cat! I had to pick up the bird fearing it was dead, but I saw that he was just fine (I suspect my cat was getting ready to do something…).

I put the little birdie in a box and went online to see what my options were. Sadly, not many agencies exist to help wild birds. My only option was to put him outside in a safe place across the street under some bushes. I did this and saw that the mama bird found the baby and continued to feed him, while the papa bird kept other predators away.

I already was feeling anxiety about this pending meeting in having to relay my concerns to our director. As I drove to the meeting, worrying about the baby bird as well as what I wanted to say to our director about the previous day’s incident, it occurred to me how much I felt like the baby bird: exposed, threatened, and alone. I shared with my director these feeling and was assured that I was none of those. After the meeting, I felt better and that I had support from the director about my concerns.

When I got home later that day, I went to check on the baby mockingbird. At first I didn’t see him but upon closer inspection, there he was, hopping around. The parent birds were still caring for him. I shared later with my director that “the baby bird was still alive and so was I!”

I am reminded of the scripture in Matthew 6:26: “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?”

Know that someone has always got our backs and be assured that stress and anxiety can be reduced. This knowledge has helped me and I hope it can help you.

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