The other morning, I was stumbling through the kitchen to get my morning coffee when something outside caught my eye. I looked out the back window and saw a bird struggling to get free from the swimming pool. I quickly ran outside in my PJs to save him. By the time I got to the pool, the baby robin was exhausted. He was floating in the pool with his eyes half closed. I scooped him up and placed him up high on some stacked picnic table benches away from the dog. He closed his eyes and rested there for quite a while. As I sat with my coffee and Bible, I watched his mother occasionally land on the bench to check on him. Finally, when she thought he had rested long enough she began to feed him and eventually coaxed him to fly away.
Unfortunately, the story does not have a happy ending. Three days later I found the baby robin floating dead in the swimming pool. As I removed his stiff body from the pool I wondered, did saving the robin that morning really matter? He would only meet his demise three days later. What significance did those three days have? Then it occurred to me that it mattered to his mother. She chirped and watched from afar as I rescued him from the water and brought him to safety. She nursed him back to health until he was ready to fly off with her. Saving the bird mattered to her even if it was only for a little while longer.
Sometimes life feels like this. Our world is so big and some of the issues we face seem insurmountable.
Could our small efforts make a difference?
Is it worth the effort?
Last Sunday morning in church we had the privilege of hearing the testimonies of adults and teens from our church who traveled to Uganda on a mission trip with our youth pastor. Most of them had no special training, just a love for Christ that they wanted to share. Some of them started out unsure, fearful and hesitant, yet they all came home changed and even closer to the Lord.
As I listened to each of their stories, including some challenges that would have seemed to make sharing the Gospel an impossibility, there was one commonality. Each member relied on the Lord for wisdom and strength and He did not disappoint. A small team from rural Nebraska brought 500 Ugandans to Christ!
The question becomes, if this group can do that in Africa,
what is there to stop us,
who share the same fears and insecurities as they did, from doing the same even in our own communities. Maybe you feel that what you have to say is insignificant or that you could not make much of a difference, but just as the mother robin was grateful to have her baby back, our Father is overjoyed at every life that joins him for eternity.
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always. Matthew 28:19-20
I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. John 5:24
Let’s make today and everyday matter. Is there someone in your life that needs to know about Jesus? Let’s make their eternity our priority.