Have you ever found a baby bird lost from their nest? A lovely beautiful Dove Baby Bird. I did this morning. Mother Dove waiting in nest about 14 ft straight up wondering how she is going to retrieve her baby. Two Shelties barking and running around with wonderment trying to retrieve the baby.
My Sheltie, Lily, banging my door, barked in a stressful way until I followed her out to see what the happening was. I found the Baby Dove. My heart broke wondering if the baby had fallen more than 14 ft to a concrete patio and damaged for life. My Shelties, Lily and Shadow and myself went into panic mode. I called my son, Chris, only to find out he was an hour away. I called my other son, Jon, with same result. I called my busy husband and he didn’t have much choice but to come home to help since he didn’t think I was thinking well in my emotional fervor. A Baby Dove escaped from the nest and he must pick it up and help.
I made a call to Debi, another Lily, trying to prepare as a teacher for her second week of school. I tell her I am sending fallen baby bird to her to feed and help. She said, “Me? Why me?” Ok, ok, ok, she said I will find the Vet Tech (VT) teacher and see what she says. Whee, finally, some help. Almost time for school to start. Our time is short. We must act. VT said, Baby Dove is in good shape. Must go back in nest. Here comes Debi. Out comes the folding ladder. Two unskilled ladder techs, Debi and myself. Help someone. OK, we got help. Ladder up. Mother Dove in nest. Now what? Call to VT, how can we put baby in nest with Mother there. “Go forward,” she says. “Mother will fly away and come back. Just an ‘old wive’s fable that Mother Bird won’t come back to nest if we touch it.’ O, by the way, it took us ten minutes to locate the VT on phone after the bird just left her precious hands. And, that was with the help of other school staff. School went into Vet ER for Baby Dove.
Forward, we went. Into nest went Baby Dove with no Mom. Debi got back to school in the nick of time for students. I waited by window to see if Mother would return. SHE DID! She flew in and out of nest all day with food.
I have been thinking and meditating today how God told us if we are worried about our everyday life-whether we have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear to just pause and take a look at His birds and how He takes care of them.
“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?” Matthew 6:26
Yes, you are!
16 thoughts on “Baby Dove”
What a wonderful account of the Father’s loving care for this baby dove. And a good ending that the mother returned to care for her baby.
“What is the price of two sparrows–one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.” Matt 10:29
Sara had the Father’s heart on this matter… showing how precious each one of His creatures is.
Debi, the scripture that came to my mind was God having our hairs numbered…..when I looked it up, I discovered it is the very next verse of Matthew 10: 30 “And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.” Footnotes for verses 29-31 says: “Jesus said that God is aware of everything that happens even to sparrows, and you are far more valuable to him than they are. You are so valuable that God sent his only Son to die for you (John 3:16). Because God places such value on you, you need never fear personal threats or difficult trials. These can’t shake God’s love or dislodge his Spirit from within you.”
Those footnotes and scriptures, Tammy, sure shows how intimately God knows us, keeps track of us and sees and manages the details of our lives as well as the big picture.
“For each day he carries us in his arms…” Psalm 68:19 NLT
I am so glad that I can feel the arms of Jesus hugging me. How I so often need His tender hug in the midst of a strange busy day. As He hugs me I read Him the Psalms woven in communication of repeating things that He has heard before. He still gives the same results; help, hope and peace….
Luke says, “Not even a sparrow fall to earth but that your Heavenly Father knows it?”
I guess that must go for baby doves, too. Good job, you all. Your Heavenly Father knows it!
Wow, you did a days worth of work in just a few minutes. Guess you were aided and strengthened by the Holy Spirit! And you say nothing exciting ever happens??? LOL
There is a confirmation in Psalm 8 in the Max Lucado Bible that reads, “YOU made them (humans) a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You put them in charge of everything YOU made. YOU put all things under their control; the sheep, the cattle, THE BIRDS IN THE SKY……”
So it seems you were just assuming your role as one of God’s caretakers of this beautiful earth HE has given us!
Two little darlings made it from the nest with the chirping help of Mom. I saw them fly and then fly again and again. My husband and I had a wonderful time running around the yard watching the babies leave the nest and make their way in the world.
What a joy! God did tell us to watch them and we would learn. We are learning…
Yes, their walk (FLIGHT) of faith is an inspiration to us all.
What is so amazing is that the baby dove who couldn’t fly and was so confined as to how far it could go is flying free in just a few days. Strength, timing, a know to and how to fly all at once converge in its being and off the baby dove goes.
His eye is on the sparrow………and the dove!
Doves must be very special to the Lord, particularly their eyes and the characteristics of their eyes. Song of Solomon 1:15 says: “Look at you! You are beautiful, my true love! Look at you! You are so beautiful! Your eyes are like doves!”
Do you think the eyes of the dove are beautiful because they keep their focus on their MAKER and therefor reflect the Light of HIM. The dove does not look to himself for provisions but to the MAKER. As we look to HIM our countenance surely changes from looking from darkness to looking to GOD our hope and our redeemer. Psalm 121:1-2
New International Version (NIV) reads:
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
May we lift our eyes higher to the one who can help and is GOOD, VERY GOOD,
HOLY AND DESIRES YOU!
Interesting. As I watched the Mother dove when we were all scurring around with her baby it seemed she never took her eyes off of us. She sat very stately and waited for the return of her baby. She must have sensed our care. Yes, I think doves eyes reflect the eyes of Jesus and His perfect love. Love has a way of disspelling fear.