The Lord gave me this story last summer in Kona, Hawaii, when I was jogging along the beach. It really is the story of my life and I am sure many others.
I am a bird in a cage.
My wing is broken and my feathers are ruffled. A sheet covers over my cage so I can’t see out. I am so afraid. What am I doing in here? What is my purpose? All I can see is myself, and I don’t like what I see. I cry out for help. Is anyone even there?
What am I doing in here? What is my purpose? All I can see is myself, and I don’t like what I see.
Someone comes to me and takes the sheet off my cage. I can see out for the first time. Wow, the colors are so beautiful. They feed me and I begin to get stronger. They decorate my cage with jewels and it’s beautiful. Everything looks good outside…but I’m still in the cage.
Someone comes along one day, let’s call him Friend. “Birdie!” he calls out to me, “It looks like you need a new wing.” Wow, he knows my name! How does he know my name? “Here,” he says as he touches me, “Let me give you a new wing.” In a moment, I have a new wing and I am clean. Wow, I have never looked so beautiful.
“Birdie,” he says to me, “I want to teach you how to fly.” So off we go, me and my new Friend. We fly here and we fly there. I see things I have never seen before. I am free for the first time in my life. It is amazing.
But something, something keeps drawing me back to the cage. I don’t know what it is. I feel the pull, it’s drawing me. And I put myself back in the cage. Again.
Why? Not this again. I can’t be here. But here I am.
Then there he is again, my Friend.
“Birdie, look at me.” So ashamed I can’t look up. “Birdie,” he says again, “Look at me, trust me.” I look up my tear-filled eyes meeting his.
There are birdies all over like you, locked in cages and they don’t know there is a way out.
“Birdie, I have given you a new wing and taught you to fly. But Birdie there is more. I am giving you these keys. There are birdies all over like you, locked in cages and they don’t know there is a way out. Come with me Birdie, together we will go and set them free. Birdie, come with me.”
I know I have no choice but to trust my Friend. I must go. I go to the edge of my cage and flutter out unto his arm. He reaches behind me and close the cage. He locks it and throws the key away. “Birdie, the cage was never meant to be an option for you.”
“Never meant to be an option,” echoed in my head. “Never meant…never meant…”
Off we go, me and my Friend…together to set others free. I don’t look back, because I know the cage isn’t an option. And there is no other place I would rather be than flying free with my Friend! It’s where I belong, finally free.
I don’t know where you are at in your life—If you are sitting in your cage, or if you have been set free and put yourself back in the cage, or if you are flying free—but I’m here to tell you today that the cage was never meant to be an option for you. Let Jesus love you and set you completely free. He loves you!
Painting graciously provided by Camille Hanson. Camille also performs the Birdie story live as the Spirit prompts her.