The nest is tiny and delicately woven. The materials are simple and humble—field grass. It sits on the nature shelf in our dining room, a perfect little cup that once held the cream-and-speckled promise of life.
Even now, it holds a promise.
“Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.” (Psalm 84:3)
We squish our way along a muddy track through the woods—the girls and I. We’re looking in the trees for flashes of colour and trills of song. Signs of spring though it’s early yet. We spy some black-capped chickadees and some large, loud crows. Winter birds. Still, they are more interesting than the sparrows that frequent our yard at home.
We barely notice the sparrows anymore. They are common and nondescript.
There are no birds of note to be found anywhere quite yet, I think to myself. I’m not interested in crows and sparrows.
But God is.
When we return home again, I spy the little grass nest on the dining room shelf, a gift from a friend. And it reminds me just how much He loves the sparrow. Psalm 84:3 is a promise for the year and for my lifetime.
Because even the overlooked and insignificant are seen and welcome in the most holy of places—the place where heaven meets earth.
Because I’m invited to make my home at the altar too, close to the Father’s heart—yes, even me, a common sparrow.
Because His Presence is life and I want our lives to be infused with His. He also wants our lives to be infused with His. My heart and my desire is to raise my little ones in His shadow, and He makes room for me there.
He desires to be with us. It’s a beautiful truth that changes everything. We don’t have to chase Him. He’s not playing hard to get. We don’t have to try to be anything other than who He has created us to be.
We’re invited to simply come and dwell with Him.
When I see this tiny grass nest, I am reminded. The little brown bird trilling its song is seen by the Father. It is heard. It is loved.
I, too, am seen and heard and loved.
I, too, have a place close to His heart.