Look at the birds of the air . . . consider the lilies of the field . . . Matthew 6:26, 28
In 1961 three brothers and two friends went into Mr. Wilson’s garage and recorded “Surfin’.” Fifty years later the Beach Boys still write, sing, and perform before thousands. But what if Brian, Carl, Dennis, Mike, and Al had remained in the garage and kept their “pet” sounds to themselves?
I thought about the Beach Boys last night while trying to coax a bird from our garage. Why a bird would fly into our garage beats me. Maybe he was seeking shelter from the brush fires and political storms sweeping the nation. Anyway, I didn’t want bird doo on my wife’s car, so there I was talking to Tweetee, raising and lowering the door and scaring the bejeebers out of the poor creature.
For help I turned to the expert — Google. Here are ways to evict a bird:
- “Turn off all the lights. Birds can’t see in the dark and are drawn to street lamps.”
- “Take up tennis and practice your backhand.”
- “Place bird seed (or cat food) in a dish just outside the door.”
- “Throw a dark colored shirt over the bird.”
- “Adopt a cat from the animal shelter and release it in the garage.”
Too often we are like that bird — trapped and confused in life’s garage. We fly in, perch on the ladder of success, and refuse to fly out. Christ asks us to consider the birds of the air and how God loves them. How, not one bird falls without our Father’s knowledge.
But here we sit; scared to leave the garage until one evening God wanders out. At the sound of His voice we flutter and flit and refuse to be coaxed toward freedom. But God will not leave us alone. Removing his shirt, he tosses the dark garment over us, scoops us into his hands, and carries us outside where there is danger, adventure, and life.
The bird in my garage flew into a corner behind the water heater. I stretched out my arms, held the wool blanket by the corners, and bent down. Bent down the way Christ did when he washed the disciples feet. Bent down the way His body sagged when the soldiers lowered the cross. Bent down the way He does today whenever we cry for help. Gently, I cradled the bird and carried him to freedom.
The Beach Boys’ new album debuted at No. 3 in Billboard’s listing and surpassed the Beatles for most weeks on Billboard’s top-10 album chart. The “Boys” left their garage. Will you? If your Father is calling you to a new ministry, take flight and flock with others.