I was walking around in Downtown Dayton yesterday, listening to my music, and enjoying the 65° weather. Let’s just pause for a moment and bask in the amazingness that is a warm November day in Ohio.
As I began walking through a crosswalk, I noticed two sparrows on the ground. One flew away when I got near it, but the other stayed there. I knew something was wrong and I had to do something. I looked at the bird and he turned his head back and forth, looking deathly afraid. No one can tell me otherwise.
I ran to the other side of the street and looked up the number to the police; but what could they do, really? I warned a driver at the light and he went around, but other upcoming drivers didn’t know what was happening. I watched, feeling my heart pretty much pause at that moment, praying no one would hit the bird. Thankfully, he was directly in the middle of the lane.
As soon as possible, I ran back to the side of the street where I started and went inside the coffee shop directly ahead. A girl named Alisha was cleaning the windows. Flabbergasted, I told her what was going on and asked if she knew what to do. She rushed out and as we went into traffic, she rescued the birdie, putting him in a planter next to the building. I stood there, watching the bird try to catch his breath.
A lady passing by saw the utter concern on my face and asked me if I was okay. I told her what happened, but that now the bird is safe. I really thought I would have to watch a bird die today and it broke my heart.
In being in the middle of this, I realized just how much God loves us. He says in the Bible that He knows when a sparrow falls from the sky. He cares for them so much, but we humans are much more important to Him.
So when it feels like we’re helpless in a sea of turmoil; people are walking by, some not taking notice or caring enough to help; and we have nothing left but to cry out to Him, He rescues us. Every time.
He sent me to help that little birdie. If you’re that bird, just know that if you call out to Jesus, He will drop everything to rescue you.