Jeremiah 8:7a – Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration. (NIV)
August had approached the midway point, and I had noted that the robins which bathed in the birdbath were gone. Yes, they had all taken flight and headed for a warmer climate; some who were very young were migrating for the first time.
It was in the first part of September when I noted one rather tired-looking robin hanging about the backyard — one which didn't take flight.
I remember a radio announcer mentioning that the birds that seem to hang around when the rest have gone are usually the old birds that can't make the flight any more. (Sound familiar?) It is a sobering thought, but the birds that are left behind will eventually die as winter approaches.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2a – There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die. (NIV)
For those who put their trust in God, the end of the story is not hopeless. We have a caring God who gave His Son to die upon the cross that we might receive forgiveness and eternal life — a place with God forever, prepared for us by Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:1 – Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. (NIV)
When our season comes to an end and time as we know it stops, we can look forward to our glorious day in heaven.
But for now, like the robin which still struggles for life and works hard to find food to eat, though he can't move the same, we, too, in the later stages of life, press on. No matter the pain in our bodies, the dimming of sight, and the loss of hearing, we, too, will struggle on, until the season's end and we are borne away.
Prayer: O Lord, let not our hearts be troubled. In our struggles, give us strength and courage to live out our lives doing what we can, while we can, for You. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.