“Death and life are in the power of the tongue…”. (Proverbs 18:21)
She ran up to me, out of breath, “Mommy, mommy, a bird just crashed into the window! It’s lying still on the ground and I think it might die. It looks like a female cardinal.”
Her 7-year-old face was flushed as she spilled out the news, her little heart pulsing with the grief of a life possibly over too soon.
I paused, where I lay on the couch with my book, and considered just letting it be, but then I remembered: His eye is on the sparrow. A cardinal is even bigger than a sparrow, so He can obviously see that too.
“Snowy, do you remember the stories about Jesus? About the power that he had inside of him that came from God’s love? You have power like that inside of you, too, because Jesus said his children would do even greater things than he did! Why don’t you go back to the bird -without touching it - and speak to it with God’s power that is inside of you. Tell it that it is time to get better and start to fly.”
Her eyes sparked and she ran back to the bird that was still laying placidly on the ground. She spoke to it and told it to “Get up and fly."
I waited in the other room on the couch, wondering what I had just done.
We both waited some more.
She came back and reported: “Mom, the bird is hopping a little now, what should I do?”
“Just remind it that God sees it and has given it the power to fly again.”
And she did.
Not two minutes later she came bolting back to me, “Mommy, it flew!”