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Aug 18 2010

Faith and Prayer

There have been times in my life where I need a push or kick in the pants to get me going in the right direction.  A few weeks ago, I experienced just such a “push.”

The other night at 3:00 a.m. I was woken from a sound sleep.  Turns out that I forgot to close the bird’s cage door before going to sleep.  At 3:00 a.m., one of the little parakeets flew into my bedroom and grabbed on the curtains in extreme fright.  He wouldn’t let go.  I had to pry his little feet off and take him back to his cage.  When I got to the room with his cage, I noticed that two other birds were missing and one was left in the cage.  The one in the cage was at the bottom of the heaving gulps of air.  She also was in extreme fright.  I finally found the little mourning dove hiding in a corner of the room.  But I was missing a bird, another parakeet.  She was nowhere to be found.  I looked everywhere.  Finally at 5:00 a.m., I gave up.  I could not find her.  I had no idea what happened to cause all the birds to be freaked out at 3:00 a.m.  The only think I could think of was some snake got into the house and scared the birds and ate my missing bird.  The birds are housed upstairs which is enclosed.

The whole time I was looking for the missing bird, I was praying that I would find her.  At some point during my search, I lowered my expectations and prayed that I would find out what happened.  You see, at that point, I gave up and did not expect to find her alive.  At 5:00 a.m, I decided to go for a walk as I was weeping thinking about her cute little parakeet face and her funny ways.  I returned around 6:00 a.m. and made myself a pot of coffee and sat down resigned to the fact that she was dead.   I heard the birds upstairs waking up and starting the normal morning “flock call.”  I then thought I heard another bird downstairs return the “flock call.”  My heart stopped.  I wondered if it were possible.  How on earth would she  have made it downstairs?  I keep upstairs is enclosed for that very reason.

Sure enough, I heard another call downstairs.  I looked around and found her hanging on the dining room chandelier.  She was  lost and had no idea how to return.    I went to her but she flew away.  Every time I approached her, she flew away in fear.  She really was frightened.  If you know anything about birds, little parakeets will NOT fly to the ground.  For their safety, they will always fly to the highest possible perch.  That is their nature.  Finally, after many unsuccessful attempts to catch her, I asked the Lord to help me while I was thinking about getting the pool net and using that to catch her.  Unbelievably, she flew to the floor and stood there while I reached down to grab her.  To be honest, I was shocked that she flew to the ground and waited for me to approach her.  I returned her to her flock and all was well.

Well, that’s a nice warm, fuzzy feel good story with a happy ending.  But this happy story taught me a lesson and gave me the “nudge” I needed.  Aside from the fact that I can’t figure out how she ended up downstairs, several things came to mind over the next few days.  I realized that after spending those hours looking for her, and even though I prayed that I would find her, I did not really expect to find her.  It seemed impossible that she would be alive.  After I found her, she kept flying away from me into areas I could not reach.  At some point, I was going to go and get the pool net and use that to catch her.

What I was doing was limiting God’s ability.  After not finding her after several hours of looking, it seemed impossible that she could be found.  In fact, towards the middle of my search, I started looking for a dead bird or a bunch of stray feathers which would confirm that something got her and killed her.  I then lowered my expectations in my prayer and asked that He show me what happened, that I find her body.  Instead, I found her alive and well, chirping to her flock so she could return to them.  When I couldn’t catch her, I again  lowered my expectations and expected to use the net to catch her.  Instead, she did what was against her very nature and flew to the ground and waited for me to pick her up.

I prayed but I prayed with the expectation that He would answer within the guidelines of MY understanding.  How dumb is that?

The answer is no.  I learned a valuable lesson.

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  1. Margaret

    Tishrei,

    What a lesson we have to learn!….. My problem is that I tend to repeat the lowering of expectations — especially when I feel pressed for time….. When will I ever really learn?

    Thank you for this post….. Now you can have a relaxed cup of coffee in the peace of giving thanks for our Lord’s most tender love….. I’m giving thanks for your answered prayer and lesson on prayer as I enjoy my morning coffee. :)

    1. Tishrei

      Howdy Margaret,

      At the time it happened, I really didn’t “get” the significance. It was not until later as I thought about the sequence of events did I realize that it has been something that I tend to do — that is lower my expectations. Even with my little parakeet, that’s exactly what I did. How dumb is that?

      Thanks Margaret and now I’m finally back. It’s been months since I’ve been back except for a sporadic post here and there.

  2. Harlequin

    Great story, Blog Lady T. We need to remember to ask BOLDLY in prayer.

    1. Tishrei

      Thanks Kent,

      It’s funny how the Lord uses little things to get our attention. I’ve pretty much been silent on email and my blog for the last few months. This one little thing got me going.

      BLT!

  3. Loren

    “Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” (John 11:23-24)

    Your story reminded me of this conversation between the Lord and Lazarus’ sister Martha. As far as Martha was concerned, her brother was dead. She knew that God would raise him at the Resurrection, but she did not believe that Jesus was going to raise him in the next few minutes! Her expectation was lowered concerning what God was going to do, too.

    I think we all have the tendency to do this. We don’t want to raise our expectations too high; that way, we won’t be disappointed. So many times we come to God with a pre-conceived notion of just how He is going to answer our prayer (or even if He is at all). We all need to remember to stretch our faith a little farther, thanks for the reminder.

    It’s nice to read another post from you, I hope all is going well for you.

    Your friend in Christ,

    Loren

  4. Liz

    I think that is how God is with us. He searches and searches and is there waiting but we hide.

  5. Kari Shaffer

    Tishrei, What a lesson we have to learn!….. My problem is that I tend to repeat the lowering of expectations — especially when I feel pressed for time….. When will I ever really learn? Thank you for this post….. Now you can have a relaxed cup of coffee in the peace of giving thanks for our Lord’s most tender love….. I’m giving thanks for your answered prayer and lesson on prayer as I enjoy my morning coffee. :)

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