For three days crows have called out loudly, making quite a ruckus in our backyard. A fledgling crow, defined as one that can perch but not fly, fell out of the nest. He landed in our fenced backyard. According to experts, a fledgling crow will survive this scenario in a city if people leave it alone, no dogs or cats are allowed to attack it and it can survive three nights without attack from other natural preditors. (Google is great for giving you PhD papers on such issues!) Tonight is night number three and the fledgling has learned to fly the length of our yard. He hides like a pro. His parents keep up a constant air bombing attack whenever anyone/anything comes near their offspring. No stray cat would survive and we don’t have dogs, thankfully. I put out a bowl of water because the sun has begun to shine, finally, in Oregon. Beside it are a few nuts and cut up grapes in case the bird needs nourishment to fly away.
Now I ask you, is it silly to do small acts of kindness for a fledgling crow? They DO make a lot of noise and most people do not like them. Two verses come to mind. They convince me that God does not overlook even small acts of kindness for one small crow.
Proverbs 12:10 says, “A righteous man cares for his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel” (NIV). Now, you might contend that this crow is not mine, but He does belong to my Father. I am bound to do My Father’s bidding, lovingly and wisely caring for the earth over which He has given humankind responsibility. This brings to mind the other verse that prompted these small acts of kindness for the fledgling crow.
Matthew records Jesus as saying, “Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore, do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-30, NASB). God knows when a bird falls to the ground! How much more does He care about our troubles? I think that when God entrusts us with little jobs (like fledgling crows), we need to steward them as well as when He entrusts us with a bigger jobs (like meeting people’s needs).
God cares for you and for me intimately. God cares for all of His creation. Let’s find ways to be like His hands and feet in small and large tasks that concern Him. Let’s be about His business. What do you think?